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VOL, 32 JANUARY, 1985 NO. 1 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." t Peter 2:77 


In the cold a snowbird pausing 
Sings a little song that cheers, 

Though the evergreens are dropping 
In slow grief their frozen tears, 

For the old year that is fading 
To the place of vanished years*. 

Oh thou Christ, whose great heart throbbeth 

Over all defenseless things, 
Thou who giveth to the snowbird 

Feathered coat and downy wings, 
And a heart so" brave and cheery 

That in coldest times it sings. 

Give like gifts to us who falter 

At the partiq© of the ways, 
With the Old Year left behind us, 

And a host of untried days; 
Waiting that we see but dimly 

Through the'- thick, surrounding haze. 

Give us wings, ah Christ to bear us 
From the reach of right and wrong, 

And when some who take the footpaths 
Find the days too cold $nd Icjng, 

Let us linger near a moment, 

Just to sing the snowbird's song. 

Selected by 
Carol Boone 

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Each age j each century, each decade, in fact, each 
year has had its peculiar responsibilities and battles. 
While our general Christian issues are constant and 
ever-present, special problems come and go. In order 
to meet the issues of our time, it is first essential 
to identify them,. It is true that Satan would like us 
to fight a battle that has long been settled/ But God 
calls us to be discerning and aware and not ignorant of 
Satan 's devices. 

Perhaps we feel that we have no special battle®. 
The re fo rmers had their caus,e to uphold. The Swart zenau 
decision and the 1881 division had their special needs 
for choices to be made. . Even more recent divisions 
provided places to stand and. causes to uphold and pro- 
claim. Are we now in a kind of limbo period with no 
foes to fight or battles to win? I think we all know 
better. The hymn of Horatius Bonar saysr 

No slacker grows the fight; 

No feebler is the foe; 

No less the need for armor tried, 

For shield, and spear and bow. 

By God f s help, I hope we. can see some of our needs y 
and perils as we enter' another year of our .Lord and the 
last half of the decade of the 80 T s. 

Our foe is an accomplished expert, in the questionable 
art of division. The Spirit of God unites and unifies. 
God wants His people, to begone, and one with Him. When 
we may seem to be. sailing along smoothly, .be. sure Satan 
is not satisfied and will seek to divide from within. 

One particular issue seems to be a disagreement in . 
exercising of authority and discipline in the churches. 
I know of several conservative groups with seme sort 
of problem in this area. ¥e have a good heritage of 
Scriptural practices, but that doesn't mean we cannot 
improve an4^iake progress. Wn n»*«?t make program, fr-t 


we should also be on guard against unneeded and part- 
icularly unscriptual changes . THe Brethren have 
historically been led by what might be called a " plural 
lay ministry." Brethren without special training are 
chosen from the local congregation to share with others 
positions of responsibility. This might be contrasted 
to some groups governed by a bishop or an authoritative 
board in the local church and in the brotherhood. A 
lay ministry of this sort would be expected to exercise 
a rather mild authority. However, perhaps we have been 
complacent in this and neglected duties that would be 
promptly attended by a bishop or board. There is cert-, 
ainly need for balance and moderation here. Peter says 
that elders should take oversight willingly and not 
as lords but examples. Paul in Hebrews says to "Obey 
them that have the rule over you, and submit your- 
selves; for they x^ratch for your soula, as they that* 
must give account..." (Hebrews 13:17) If we each ful- 
fill our duties in our places, Satan will have no 
occasion to divide us. It is good to examine ourselves 
and judge ourselves and see that our duty is being 
performed — humbly and faithfully — whether we have a duty 
to obey or to watch and oversee. 

A constant battleground of our time is in the field 
of worldliness. Never has the world been so attractive, 
the entertainments so vivid, the distinction between 
Christian professors and non-professors ao small. 
Never have there been so many "gray areas," like act- 
ivities that appear so harmless but so gradually wean 
Christians away from holiness of life. Never have 
there been so many "voices around us — all claiming 
rightness. Never has there been mere tolerance for 
differences and less real concern for one another. 
Often neighbors hardly know each other or care to get 
"acouainted. "Live and let live," seems to prevail. 
"Do your own thing; leave me alone; I can do as I 
please as long as it doesn't hurt anyone." In a time 
like ours, young people are seldom ridiculed for any 
good choice the.y might make. But why make It? Where 
are the issues? Is there a cause? Young people, the 


cause is still the same as when David uttered similar 
words before he fought Goliath. Righteousness and 
God ! s laws never change* Dispell Satan's smoke screen 
by the pure word of God, and we will see the issues 
clearly* Here again, we have a good, heritage. Our 
forefathers spoke out against worldliness, and recom- 
mended to us God's word as our only rule of faith and 
practice. May we rely on the guidance of the word of 
God. We still have the same need to know God, be born 
of His Spirit j obey Him, and be led to holy living. 
All the more in 1985 there is vital need for a strong 
Christian testimony and a giving out of the Gospel of 

Love in this careless and uncaring world is still a 
desperate need. For lack of it, homes are beii]g broken, 
brethren divided, and young people discouraged. "Hus- 
bands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them, 11 
(Col* 3^19) is more vital counsel than ever before. 
"Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as 
it is fit : in the Lord," sounds out with more urgency 
than ever in this feminine-oriented culture of the 
80 ? s. "... By love serve one another," might well be 
the answer to most of our current needs, especially to 
meet the efforts of Satan t$ divide us. That new 
commandment Jesus gave is applicable in every age, and 
it works. 

One thing certain, we are not just spectators in our 
1985 struggles. We are involved, whether we choose to 
be or not,, striving either for or against the truth. 
Also, we must remember that our fellow Christians, 
even of other denominations, are not our foes. Some- 
times it seems that those closest to us, our own 
brethren and sisters, are the ones with whom we strive 
the most. But may we uphold and pray for one another. 
Individualism is not a friend to fellowship. 

Because we are so susceptible to the adversary's 
tricks, we need constantly to rely on our Heavenly 
Father. He has promised to never leave us nor forsake 
us„ Jesus said, "♦.. Lo, I am with you alway, even 
unto the end of the world." That surely means oven into 
1985. -~L.,C, 



n I beseech you (beg of you) therefore, brethren, by 
the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living 
sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your 
reasonable service . '• And be not conformed to this world: 
but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, 
that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, 
and perfect, will of 'God." (Rom* 12:1-2) What does 
"your reasonable service 11 mean? Are the ways of God 
reasonable to an unconverted soul? Would it be reason- 
able to turn the other cheek? cr to love one*s enemy? 
or, if one was sued by law and his goods taken away, 
to give more than is asked for? I believe we can con- 
clude that "...the carnal mind is enmity against God: 
for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed 
can be." (Rom. 8:7) Also we can conclude that there 
must be a transformation, a renewing of the mind; and 
then it becomes very reasonable to present our bodies a 
living sacrifice and not to be conformed to this wbrld^ 
but to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. Can 
we do this by our own efforts? Jesus said; " . . .without 
me ye can do nothing." (John 15:5) Also Jesus said, 
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat 
fall into the Aground and die, it abide th alone: but 
if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that 
loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his 
life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal." 
(John 12:24-25) f believe this is the real battle- 
field in our life: to die to self* The verse above 
s ay s ; ' ! Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground 
a nd die , it abideth alone . " Unless we are willing to 
die to self, we will abide alone; for how can the Holy 
Spirit rule when self is in control? " But if it die , 
it bringeth forth much fruit. " So if; we die to self, 
and have the attitude, "Here I am Lord; use me for Your 
glory; I want to be in Your word and will," then the 
Spirit can operate in our lives, and fruit can be 
brought forth, because the Lord is in control, " But 
he that loveth his life shall lose it." Or if our 


life is self centered, when our goals and affections 
center on self and this wo rid , then we will perish 
with this worlds "For if ye live after the fleshy ye 
shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify 
the deeds of the body, ye shall live, For as many as 
are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." 
(Rom. 8? 13-14)' "And he that hateth his life in this 
world shall keep it unto life eternal." What a state- 
ment the Lord made here I And what a lesson to learn I 
We realise what a blunder we make of things when we 
are in control, and we actually hate our own way, our 
own life, rt I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless 
I live j yet not I» hub Christ liveth in me: and the 
life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith 
of. the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for 
me»" (Gal. 2: 20) 

This brings another thought to mind on the theme of 
love. Would it be reasonable to the earthly mind to 
die in somebody else 1 s -place, especially if there hadn*t 
been a good relationship between the two? This Is what 
happened between Christ and us, "But God commendeth 
His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, 
Christ died for us." (Rom, 5:3) And then one of the 
greatest commandments of ../the New Testament: "A new 
commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; 
as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. ■ 
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, 
if ye have love one to another." (John 13:34-35) 

When I consider this command, it staggers my mind 1 
and makes me feel unworthy. How great is God ! s love, 
and to think He actually commanded us to love as He 
loved I Dear Reader I this is no small thing I But 
again, do we have the ability or power of ourselves 
to obey this command? A thousand times no I Without 
Christ within, or the power of the Spirit operating In 
our life, we cannot even begin to do God*s will. 
"Watch ye,' stand fast In the faith, quit you like men, 
be strong. Let all things be done with charity." 
(I Cor. 16:13, 14) We can speak with tongues of men 
and angels, can have the gift of prophecy, and under- 


stand all mysteries and all knowledge, and have all 
faith to remove mountains, and be*stow all our goods to 
feed the poor, and give our bodies to be burned, and 
still not have charity ^ and it profiteth nothing I 
Charity suffers long, and is kind; it envieth not, 
vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doesn f t behave 
unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, 
thinketh no evil, rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoic- 
eth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all 
things, hopeth all things, endureth all things; charity 
never faileth ♦.•and now abideth faith, hope, charity, 
but the greatest is charity, (I Cor. 13) 

u But I say unto you whic h hear , love your enemies, 
do good to them which hate you, bless them that curse 
you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. 
And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer 
also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak 
forbid not to take thy coat also. Give to every man 
that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy 
goods ask them not again. And as ye would that men 
should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. For if 
ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for . 
sinners also love those that love them, end if ye do 
good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? 
for sinners also do even the same. And if ye lend to 
them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? 
for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much 
again. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and 
lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall 
be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: 
for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. 
Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merci- 
ful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn 
not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye 
shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto 
you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, 
and running over, shall men give Into your bosom. For 
with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be 
meas ured to you again. " Then, in the remainder of the 
chaoter are a few of Jesus 1 teachings: "The disciple 
is not above his master: but everyone that is perfect 


shall be as his master... u For a good tree bringeth not 
forth corrupt fruit, neither doth a corrupt tree bring 
forth good fruit. . For every tree is known by his own 
fruit... For of the abundance of the heart his mouth 
speakethu And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not 
the things which I say? Whosever cometh to me,, and 
heareth my sayings , and doeth them, I will show you to 
whom he is like: He is like a man which built a house, 
and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock, and 
when the flood arose , the stream beat vehemently upon 
that house , and could not shake it: for It was founded 
upon a rock." (Luke 6:27-48) 

The teachings that Jesus gave are unreasonable to our 
our fleshly mind, but are reasonable to a born again 
believer, to one walking in the Spirit, and who has 
tasted that the Lord is gracious, having the divine 
nature . 

Jesus is our pattern, but how easy it is to let the 
flesh rulei "For even hereunto were ye called; because 
Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, 
that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, nei- 
ther was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was 
reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threat- 
ened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth 
righteously. » (I Pet. 2:21-23) What a lesson for our 
lives: to commit ourselves to Him that judgeth right- 
eously. This is one of the steps to Christian maturity. 
If Jesus is our all, we donH have to defend ourselves, 
but can commit everthing unto His hands. If we follow 
the commands of Jesus in their purity, our lives will 
be void of pride,, hatred, strife, envying, jealousy. 
One example of a life committed to his Lord is Stephen. 
"When they heard these things, they were cut to the 
heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. ■ But 
he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked steadfastly 
into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus 
standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, 
I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing 
on the right hand of God, Then they cried out with a 
loud voice, and stopped their ears, and raa «"pon him 


with one accord, And cast him out of the city, and 
stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes 
at a young man's feet, whose neme was Saul. And they 
stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord 
Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and 
cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to 
their charge. And when he had said this, he fell 
asleep." (Acts 7: 54-60) What a beautiful example! 
What a wonderful spirit Stephen hadi And it*s because 
he had the divine nature; the power of the Holy Ghost 
was in him. And this same Holy Spirit is available 
today. May we be transformed by the renewing of our 
mind, that we may prove what is the good, and accept- 
able, and perfect will of God. 

What a reasonable service I It keeps us from the 
corruption that is in the world through lust. How 
reasonable to be conformed to Jesus, and not be con- 
formed to this evil -world that is falling apart and' 
will soon be judged! Thanks be to God for His unspeak- 
able gift. - „, . , . -, 

In Christian love, 

Kenneth Garber, Twain Harte, Calif. 


In Umberto Eco ? s brooding, best-selling novel, The 
Name of the Rose , the medieval plot comes to a climax 
with a dramatic confrontation between two monks locked 
in mortal conflict. 

Each of them, William of Baskerville and blind Jorge, 
believes he speaks for God. Each sincerely and passion- 
ately believes the cither is really the devil incarnate 
"You are the devil," Willian accuses Jorge, who says, 
"You are worse then the devil." 

The reader can hardly fail to side with the humane 
William against the villainous Jorge and delight in 
William's grand denouncement: "The devil is not the 
Prince of Matter; the devil is the arrogance of the 

William is right, of course, but his "right&ess" 


is not enough , for in the ensuing physical struggle , 
a tumbled lamp sets fire to the monastery library, and 
the world 1 s great%t repository f knowledge is reduced 
to ashes. 

It is the year 132?, and the destruction of the 
abbey and its treasure marks the onset of Europe's 
Dark Ages, an era from which the continent will not 
soon emerge. 

I do not pretend to know all that Eco meant by The 
Name of the Rose , but it is apparent that he is warn- 
ing us that it is not enough to defend truth from 
error* We must be careful, lest in fighting error, 
we destroy the truth as well. 

Many people I know today are obsessed with their 
straggle to make sure that truth prevails over error. 
They have the truth and those who do not agree with 
them are blasphemously in error. Their opponents, 
they are certain, are possessed by the devil. The 
Bible thus becomes a weapon to be used to prove others 
"wrong," a condition that is tantamount to intentional 
evil. -,. ; 

The problem, of course, is not with the Scriptures, 
but with what people do with them. If dedication to 
God's word, such as that indicated by the Psalmist 
(119? 97-105 )> produces a humble and joyful spirit, 
then a person can say with him, "Thy word is a lamp 
to my feet and a light to my path." (119:105) 

But, if one T s dedication to the Scriptures produces 
an arrogant, self-righteous spirit, that is probably 
the greatest blasphemy of all. 

For the purpose .of God's v;ord is not to make us 
content or even proud in knowing , but humble and faith- 
ful in doing . It is in noble deeds, not noble thoughts, 
that God T s truth is made manifest. 

If the Scriptures speak to us, they will focus, not 
on the truth we possess, but the truth we are called to 
be. Thus, the writer of Timothy finishes his passages 
in the Scriptures: "That the man of God may be "perfect, 
throughly furnished unto all good works." (3*17) 

. — By Lawrence W. Althouse In "The Bible Speaks" 
Selected by Kenneth Martiii from the Weekly Farm Paper 





This Gospel of Lake has been called "The most beau- 
tiful book ever written. 11 Certainly it is written in 
beautiful style, some think mainly to Greeks who were 
the educated men of the age. Luke mayliave been a 
Greek. His Gospel is more detailed in some ways, than 
any of the others, 

11 Matthew Henry introduces his commentary of Luke's 
Gospel this ways - - 

We are now entering Into the labours of another 
evangelist ; his name Luke. Some think that he was the 
only one of all the penmen of the. Scripture that was 
not of the seed of Israel. He was a Jewish proselyte, 
and as some conjecture, converted to Christ ianity by ■ 
the ministry of St. Paul; and after his. coming Into . 
Macedonia (Acts 16:10) he was his constant companion. 
He had employed himself in the study and practice of 
physic; hence, Paul calls him Luke the beloved Physician, 
(Col. 4:14)* •« He is. supposed to have written this 
gospel when he was associated with St. Paul, Some 
think that this il the brother whom Paul speaks of 
(II Cor, 8: IS), "whose praise is In the gospel through- 
out all the churches of Christ. His way and manner of 
writing are accurate and exact, his style pplite and 
elegant, yet perspicuous (easy to understand). He ex- 
presses himself In a vein of purer Greek than is to be 
found in the other writers of the holy story. Thus he 
relates divers things more copiously than the other 
evangelists; and thu-shs especially treats of those 
things which relate to the priestly office of Christ. 
It is uncertain when, or about what time, this gospel 
was written. Some think that it was written at Rome, 
a little before he wrote his history of the Acts of the 
Apostles (which is a continuation of this), when he was 
there with Paul, while he wa.s a prisoner, and preaching 
in his own hired house, with which the history of the 


Acts concludes; and then Paul saith that onlf liufog-wag 
with him, (UTim. 4rlx) When he was under that volun- 
tary confinement with Paul* he had leisure to compile 
these two histories (and many excellent writings the 
church has been indebted to a prison for) ♦ Jerome says, 
He died when he was eighty- four years of age, and was 

never married*" ^ , „. 

Matthe w Henry 1 s Commentary p. 206 


This little selection from the February, 1885, 
Vindicat or points out the damaging effect of bad 



Bad company is like a nail driven into a post; after 
the first or second blow it can be drawn without much 
difficulty. But once driven up to the head, so that the 
pinchers cannot take hold of it to draw it out, it can 
only be done by destroying part of the wood itself, 

— Selected by John Schonwald 


Luke 8:21: "And he answered and. said unto them, 
My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word 
of God, and do It." This family includes all believers-, 
as it is written, "Whosoever shall confess that Jesus 
is the Son of God, God dwelleth In him, and he in God/ 1 
(John 4:15) "•••Christ in you, the hcpe of glory. 11 
(Col, 1:27} U ..-I will put my laws in their hearts, 
and in their minds will I write themj and their sins 
and Iniquities will I remember no more," (Heb» 10:16,17) 
The size of this family will be so vast no man can 
number them, Eph* 5:30: "For we are members of his 
body of his flesh, and of his bones," Eph. 4:32: 
"And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiv- 


ing one another, even as God for .Christ's sake, hath 
forgiven you." In the light of these Scriptures and 
many similar ones, shouldn't we, the estranged bodies 
of our brotherhood, have a reunion to seek to remove 
stumbling blocks and make a straight path. Take it 
to the Lord in prayer. 

Matthew 5*16: "Let your light so shine before men, 
that they may see your good works, and glorify your 
Father which is in heaven." Matthew 6:1: "Take heed 
that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: 
otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which art in 
heaven," At first glance there seems to be some contra- 
diction. But by closer study we find we cannot choose 
our own path to pursue, but must be willing to show 
humble obedience in whatever place the Lord puts us. 
"By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, 
if ye have -love one to another." (John 13:35) 

— Ernest Wagner Modesto, California 


The year is ...gone, beyond recall, 

With all its hopes and fears, 

With all its bright and gladdening smiles, 

With all its mourners 1 tears. 

Thy thankful people praise Thee, Lord, 
For countless gifts received; 
And pray for grace to keep the faith 
Which saints of old believed. 

To Thee we come, C gracious Lord, 
The newborn year to bless; 
Defend our land from pestilence; 
Give peace and plenteousness. 

From evil deeds that stain the past 
We. now desire to flee; 
And pray that future years may all 
Be spent, dear Lord, for Thee. 

— Ancient Anonymous I,- h '"> , TJ ^n 



God's love is like an island 
In life's ocean vast and wide — 
A peaceful, quiet shelter 
Prom the restless, rising tide,.. 

God's love is like an anchor 
When the angry billows roll — 
A mooring in the storms of life, 
A stronghold for the soul.., 

God's love is like a fortress 
And we seek protection there 
When the waves of tribulation 
Seem to drown us in despair... 

God's love is like a harbor 
Where our souls can find sweet rest 
From the struggle and the tension 
Of life's fast and futile quest... 

God's love is like a beacon 
Burning bright with faith and prayer, 
And through the changing scenes of life 
We can find a haven there! 

— Helen Steiner Rice 

Selected by Joe and Elizabeth Royer 

At the beginning of this 32nd year of publication, 
of The Pilgrim,, we express our appreciation to all who 
have renewed their -subscriptions and especially to 
those who sent gifts to help in the expenses, Elma 
Moss supplies our address labels. Dorothy Moore and 
now Ina Cover are our faithful typists. We still 
invite our readers to write as God directs* It is 
encouraging to all. We have not been sending renewal 
notices because of our mailing method. . If you wish to 
cancel, renew, or send The Pilgrim .to a friend, let us 
hear from you. — L.C. 



Do you need glasses? At the optometrists office a 
few days ago, a series of tests was given to me; differ- 
ent lenses to look through, big letters, little letters, 
different colors, etc. When this procedure was fin- 
ished I was informed that I was near-sighted and 
should wear glasses while driving and especially at 
night. The doctor then held two lenses in front of 
ray eyes to show what glasses would do for me. What 
a difference! Objects, far away were now clear I 

On the way home the thought cajiie to me, '."I wonder 
if. my spiritual sight is like my physical?" It's 
something to think about. Are we nearsighted when it 
comes to spiritual things? Do we "see only the things 
close, to us? Yes, there is a need to pay attention 
to our jobs, friends, activities,, and such, but dbri't 
let your long distance vision become blurry! Take 
time to look up and beyond this life to what lies — 
ahead: eternal life or everlasting punishment. 
(Matt. 25:31-46) 

"Especially at night,'" the doctor had said. We. all 
know what it's like to sge in the dark. You just '". 
can't very well I Spiritually, if we 1 re in Christ and 
have Christ in us, we'll never be in darkness. Jesus 
says, "I am the light of the world" (John 8:12) and 
also tells us, "Ye* are the light of the world" "(Matt, 
5:14) Young people, keep "looking to Jesus and in so 
doing help others see clearly also! 

— -Lloyd Wagner 

Modesto, California 

Open my eyes, that I may see 
Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me;. 
Place in my hands the wonderful key 
That shall unclasp, and set me free. 

— Charles H. Scott 

"Lessons From Nature 11 Series 

When people run into some unexpected thorns, the 
first word they often say is "Ouch I" But other 
wor ds — yes, even words of admiration— might be proper. 

Thorns are an amazing invention. And in spite of 
all the discomfort they cause us, we must admit that 
they are well-suited for their purpose. 

Many different kinds of thorns grow on vines, bushes, 
flowers, weeds, and even on some large trees. Black- 
berries, wild roses, nettles, locust trees, and many 
other plants are protected by these sharp spiny 
growths, There are more than 2Q00 species in the 
world of thistles alone, and hundreds of different 
varieties of cactus. 

Are thorns really necessary? As we walk through 
the wilderness of life, we have experiences which, 
like unexpected thorns, surprise us with painful 
stings. Why do they have to happen? What good do 
they do us? 

The Scripture says that "All things work together 
for good to them that love God, to them who are the 
called according to His purpose," The pricked con- 
science, the stab of temporary 'sorrow, the bleeding 
grief — if they are properly responded to — can keep 
us from much greater sorrows that are not so easily 
healed. . «. 

Even thorns can be used by God for good. 

— Stanley K* Bru baker 


Sonora, Calif. 
19201 Cherokee Road 
Tuolumne , Calif. 


VOL. 32 FEBRUARY, 1985 NO. 2 

'Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2:11 


Go, labor on; spend and be spent, 
Thy joy to do the Father 1 s will; " 
It is the way the Master went; 
Should not the servant tread it still? 

Go, labor on; 'tis not for naught; 

Thy earthly loss is heav T nly gain; 

Men heed thee, love thee, praise thee not.; 

The Master praises:— what are men? 

Go, labor on; enough while here 

If He shall praise thee, if He deign 

Thy willing heart to mark and cheer; 

No toil for Him shall be in vain. 

Toil on, faint not, keep watch and pray; 
Be wise the erring soul to win; 
Go forth into the world T s highway, 
Compel the wand 1 re r to come in. 

Toil on, and in thy toil rejoice; 

For toil contes rest, for exile home; 

Soon shalt thou hear the Bridegroom 1 s voice, 

The midnight peal, "Behold, I come." 

— • Horatius Bonar 1843 

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Pruning trees requires knowledge and skill if the 
tree is to be benefited. Some orchardists know just 
which branches to remove and which to save to shape the 
tree for the best strength and the most fruit. God is 
the one who shapes and prunes His people, and He knows 
exactly how to do it for our benefit. 

Pruning time is nearly, past, , and it always reminds me 
of John 15:1-8 where our Saviour tells "df* bearing fruit 
and the importance -of pruning in this part of the Christ- 
ian life. Ve^se 2 says, "Every branch in me that bear- 
eth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that 
beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth 
more fruit." To place arid apply the parts of this 
parable Jesus explains,. "I am the true vine, and my 
Father is the husbandman, ., ye are the branches." 

God has a fruitful vineyard in the earth — one that 
brings Him pleasure and praise. He is the husbandman 
to this vineyard. It was one time planted in Canaan 
with a vine brought out of Egypt. (See Psalm 80:8-19 
and Isaiah 5:1-7) This vineyard was planted well and 
had every advantage but it produced wild grapes — poor 
fruit. God had to deal severely with this vineyard. 
Now Jesus comes and proclaims that He is the true vine. 
This vine will not produce wild grapes but will bear 
much fruit and -glorify the Father. How does pruning 
affect the vineyard of God? And how is this accom- 
plished in the individual lives? 

The purpose of a fruit tree or a'vine Is to produce 
. fruit. And this is "God 1 s, purpose for us, His people. 
His pruning and purging, His watering and feeding, are 
all to .enable us to bear fruit. Jesus told the parable 
of a fig tree that would- not bear. (Luke 13:6-9) He 
assured us of God's love for His own and His patience 
with them when, in the parable, the owner wanted to cut 
down this barren- tree.. But the dresser or caretaker 
pleaded to give it another oppurtunity. He would dig 
around it and fertilize It, and then if it still would 


not hear fruit, they would destroy it. This parable 
surely -describes Israel as the fig tree, but it is also 
about all of us. God will have us bear fruit, and for 
this end He gives us time and opportunity and every en- 
couragement. He bestows His grace and love because He 
wants to spare us. He wants all to be saved and none 
to perish (I Timothy 2:4 and II Peter 3:9), and He gave 
His Son as our Saviour that we might not perish. But 
the parable also teaches that we must respond to God's 
love and grace. The object and result Is fruit- — the 
fruit of the Spirit. 

It is revealing to inspect the branches that are . 
pruned from a tree. We find good-sized, dead branches. 
These were completely lopped off because they would 
never bear fruit. Then we find small twigs and branches 
pruned from the good, fruit-bearing limbs. Some of 
these might be dead or broken or diseased. But we find 
also branches that look healthy. It may seem that 
those should have been left, but the prune r knew that 
they would be a hindrance to bearing the most and best 
fruit, so he took them off. 

God knows us so well that he knows just how to shape 
us if we are yielded to him. He is after the fruit of 
the Spirit in our lives which Paul lists in Galations 
5:22, 23 as loVe, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, 
goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. This fruit 
will not grow on dead branches, diseased branches, or 
those severed from the tree. Jesus says, ,r A good tree 
cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt 
tree bring forth good fruit. " (Matthew 7:18) 

"Purgeth" in John 15:2 in one translation Is rendered 
"trims clean." We can be trimmed clean of many faults 
and evils to make room for fruit. Selfishness can be 
tiimmedoff to make room f G r the fruit of love. Complain- 
ing and discontent can be replaced by joy . Strife in 
family, church,, community or just in our own hearts can 
be purged to allow peace to- flow a s a river. 

Our quick tempers and impatience hinder the fruit of 
longsuffering and ge ntleness . One man came to his min- 
ister and asked how he could have more patience. The 


minister replied with a prayer: "Lord, send this man 
tribulation 1 1T The man protested that he didn't want 
tribulation, but the minister quoted Romans 5:3 n ...we 
glory In tribulation also: knowing that tribulation 
worketh patience." 

Other dead wood that must be trimmed off is doubt to 
allow the fruit of faith ; pride must fall in favor of 
meekness . Excess in eating and drinking, in spending 
and show, when purged and cut away, will allow temper - 
ance to flourish . 

Pruning our lives may involve even more. Our own 
works and pet methods may look pretty good to us, but 
to the Master Pruner they are a hinderance to growth 
and fruit. May we be submissive to the cutting back 
and even the chastening of God "that we may be partakers 
of His holiness. 

"The fire will not hurt thee; I only design 
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine." 

Praise God for His patient and faithful pruning. — L.C. 


In Paul's first epistle to the Corinthians we read: 
(1:9, 10) "God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto 
the fellowship of his Son Jbsus Christ our Lord. Now I 
beseech you, that ye all speak the same thing, and that 
there be no divisions among you; but that ye be per- 
feptly joined together in the same mind and in the same 
judgement." The apostle goes on to tell them not to let 
their preference of teachers distract them from Christ f s 
service. —Ernest Wagner 


We, the members of the eastern district of the Old 
Brethren, have appointed a Lovefeast and Communion for 
April 6 & 7 at the Wakarusa meeting house . The Lord 
willing, we are looking forward to a time of sweet fel- 
lowship and feeding upon His Word. A hearty invitation 
is extended to all of our brethren, sisters, and friends. 

— Jfolvin Coning 



Recently, I read a couple of paragraphs, that have 
been coming back to me, I would lik.e to share them with 
you, and after you re-ad-' them, just stop and meditate 
and see if it isn r t the way of life, 

"I am standing upon a seashore; a ship at my side 
spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts 
for the. .blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and 
strength, and I stand and watch her until at length she 
hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and 
the sky come down to mingle- with each other; Then some- 
one at my side sajrs, 'There she's gone. 1 

,r Gone where? Gone from my sight — that r s all. She 
is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was 
when she left my side, and just as able "to bear her 
load of living freight to the place of destination. Her 
diminished size is in me not her, and just at that 
moment when someone at my side says, * There — she's gone, 1 
there are other eyes watching her coming and other 
voices ready to take up the glad shout, ! There she 
comes J 1 and that is life," 

We could just as well say, as I stand in the hospital, 
or in a home; we see S ship (baby) spreading her sails 
and starting for the voyage of life. Indeed they are 
objects of beauty. We know that there will soon be 
strength there, in time. As the child gets older, his 
.sails are bigger and stronger. They have to be strong 
to take us through the storms of life. Many times the 
waves of this life almost capsize us, but we gain foot- 
hold again and press on. Then, as the rest says, "I 
stand and watch till she hangs as a speck, almost gone 
from our sight. 11 Have you visited the nursing home 
lately or even the older ones in our group? Surely we 
can see some that are almost gone, but still hanging 
on. Maybe we that have parents that have left us can 
remember how once they were living examples. Their 
sails were high and strong, and it seemed they could 
weather any storm. What has happened? The storms of 


life have taken their toll. Yes, I can well hear the 
words , "She's gone." 

As the next paragraph says, "Gone where? From our 
sight, that is all." With our loved ones, we can still 
see the shell, but the real jewel has left, fled to 
another home* The next statement, I appreciate. "Her 
diminished size is in me." Yes, we think when we . see 
them, gasp for the last time, that is it. But this is 
only our simple thinking. If we have been in tune 
with Christ, this is only a grand beginning. Yes,, I 
believe there will be those on that golden shore that 
will say, "There she comes I" 

— Everett Oyler 
New Paris, Indiana 


"... Bringing every thought into captivity to the 
obedience of Christ..." A pure thorough mind — the 
meaning of our Greek title — is the Christian difference 
from evil. The translation for katharos means "clean, 
clear, or pure." As a pure, clear stream of water is 5 
so should our minds be v also; clean, clear, and pure, 
able to see through it the solid rock Jesus Christ. 
Isn ! t the thought of diving into a muddy river apall- 
ing? So is the Christian diving into sin; there is a 
need for cleansing ,in clean , pure water. 

The English word "catharisis" is derived from this. 
It simply means a purgation. Used in Psychiatry, it 
is psychotherapy that encourages or permits the dis- 
charge of pent-up, socially unacceptable emotions. 
(Compare this with prayer.) The Greek katharsis is a 
cleansing. The English "dianoetic" pertains to thought 
or reasoning, especially rajnblings of reasonings. To 
put this- together, then, we need katharsis of our dia- 
noetic minds. Katharos dianoia is the sought result. 

. While' attending college I was impressed at the con- 
trast in minds of non-Christians and Christians. There 
is a very wide gap between the two. It seems that every 


imagination and thought are evil continually. (Gen. 6:5) 
Man has invented many devices to keep minds occupied 
with evil — to prevent us from thinking. Are men 
afraid, to think? Radios, television, computer games, 
alcohol, .and drugs: all can be examples of a mind in 
the grips of carnality, at enmity with God. 

What do we think about? We are instructed to think 
about " , . .Whatsoever things are true , whatsoever things 
are honest , whatsoever things are just (righteous), 
whatsoever things are pure (chaste), whatsoever things 
are lovQl y» whatsoever things are of good report ; if 
there be any" virtue and if there be any praise — think 
on these things > n (Phil. 4:8) The dictionary says of 
virtue: "moral goodness" (righteousness). 

Paul tells the Ephesians that if we have put on the 
new man , we will cease our lying and speak only the 
truth, for we are members one of another. (4:24^25) 
How can we have this newness? "If any man be in -Christ, 
he is a new creature: old things are passed away;- be- 
hold, all things are become new. n (II Cor. 5:1?) We' 
.have to be "renewed in the spirit of (our) mind." 
(katharos, dianoetic) (Eph. 4:23). Then we are "renewed 
in knowledge after the image of him that created (us) 
(Dianoia). (Co , 3:10). So, it is no longer our de- 
sire to fulfill "tHe desires of the flesh and of the 
mind." (Eph. 2:3) Rather, we suscitate every thought 
"into captivity to the obedience of Christ." (II Cor. 
10:5) We are transformed by the renewing of our minds, 
so that no longer are we conformed to the' world but 
conformed to Christ . (Rom. 12:2) "For whatsoever is 
born of God overcometh the world: and this is the' 
victory that overcometh the world, even our faith . Who 
is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth 
that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he that came 
by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water 
only,^ but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit 
that .beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. 
For there are three that v ear record in heaven/ the 
Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three 
are one. And there are three that bear witness in 


earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and 
these three agree as one. (I John 5:4-8) 

"Therefore gird up the loins of your mind , ....As 
obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according 
to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as He which 
hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of 
conversation; Because it is written, Be holy; for I am 
holy." (I Pet. 1:13-16) So, when we are captivated to 
obedience, we have power over our mind and are enabled 
to control our thoughts. Many times I had to M gird up 
the loins of my mind, n being in the midst of evil minds. 
"For those who live according to the flesh set their 
minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live 
according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit." 
(Rom. 8:5 NKJV) "... The carnal mind is enmity against 

Peter sought to stir up our pure minds (II Pet. 3:1); 
let's try to do the same by looking at some conditions 
of the mind. 

A DESPITEFUL MIND:- In Ezekiel 36 we find that Israel 
experienced the spiteful minds of the surrounding 
nations. This seems to have been a chastisement of 
God against Israel; "...since you have not hated blood, 
therefore the blood shall pursue you." Israel was made 
desolate for a time, but was renewed after bearing the 
shame of the nations and turning back to their Lord. 
(Ex. 35>36) 

The Philistines '-suffered also because of a spiteful 
heart and being vengeful. (Ex. 25:15-17)- "He that de- 
spised Moses 1 law died without mercy under two or three 
witnesses." (Heb. 10:28) What will happen to those in 
this age who are despiteful? It is among the list of 
vile sins in Rom, 1:30, "...they which commit such things 
are worthy of death..," (v. 32) 

A FOOLISH MIND: "A fool utter eth all his mind: but 
a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards." (Pro. 29:11) 
"The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is 
an abomination to men." (Pro. 24:9) 

The apo.stle Paul labels the Galatians as "foolish" 
because of their backsliding Into Judaism. (3:1-3) 


"Arid five of them were wise, and five were foolish." 
This describes the ten virgins awaiting the bridegroom; 
five were ready when he came; five were out hastily 
buying oil for their lamps and were too late. (Mat, 25:2) 

The wisdom of this world Is cited as foolishness , but 
the knowledge of Christ crucified is power and wisdom. 
"Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and 
the weakness of God is stronger than men." (I Cor. 1:25) 

"For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not 
man^ r wise men after the fleshy not many mighty, not 
many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish 
things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath 
chosen the weak things of the world to- confound the 
things which are mighty; And base things of. the world, 
and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and 
things which ?re not, to bring to nought things that are: 
That no flesh should glory In his presence. But of him 
are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wis- 
dom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemp- 
tion:" (I Cor. 1:26-30) 

The apostle Paul demonstrates the foolishness of 
boasting In II Cor. 11:16-23. 

A REPROBATE MIND: "...Know ye not your own selves 
how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?" 
(II Cor. 13:5) "And even as they did not like to re- 
tain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a 
reprobate mind, to do those things which are not con- 
venient..." (Rom, 1:28) The Greek word for reprobate is 
"adokimcs" which means "void of judgement, castaway, 


To he continued 

Ronald L. Cable. Goshen, Indiana 

The Sabbath Day was ending 

in a village by the sea; 
The uttered benediction 

touched the people tenderly; 
And they rose to face the sunset 

in the flowing, lighted West, 

10 ^ . . . ,THE PILGRIM 

And then -hastened ■■ to their dwellings 
\ f for God's blessed boon of rest, 

\ But they looked upon the waters , 

and a storm was raging there; 
A fierce spirit moved above them,, 

the wild spirit of the air; 
And it lashed and shook and tore them 

till they thundered groaned and boomed,, 
And alas for any vessel 

to their yawning gulfs entombed. 

Very anxious went the people 

on that rocky coast of Wales, 
Lest the dawn of coming morrows 

should bo telling awful tales, 
When the sea had spent its passion 

and should cast upon the shore 
Bits of wreck, and swollen victims ^ 

as it had done heretofore. 

„ With the rough winds blowing round her 

a brave woman strained her eyes.,. 
As she saw along the billows 

a large vessel fall and rise. 
Oh I it did not need a prophet 

to tell what the end must be, 
For no ship could ride in safety - 

near the shore in such a sea. 

Then the pitying people hurried 

from their homes and thronged the beach. 
Oh, for power to cross the waters 

and the, perishing to reach I 
Helpless hands were wrung in terror; 

tender hearts grew cold with dread; 
And the ship urged by the tempest 

to the fatal rock shore sped. 

"She has parted in the middle I " 

"Oh, the half of her goes down!" 


Lol when next the white , shocked faces 
looked with terror on the sea, 

Only one last clinging figure 
on a spar was seen to be. 

Nearer to the trembling watchers 

came the wreck tossed by the wave, 
And the man still clung and floated, 

though no power on earth could save, 
"Could we send him a short message? 11 

"Here ! s a trumpet; shout away J n 
f Twas the preacher 1 s hand that took it, 

and he wondered what to say. 

Any memory of his sermon? 

Firstly? Secondly? Ah, no. 
There was but one thing to utter 

in that awful hour of woe. 
So he shouted through the trumpet, 

"Look to Jesus l Can you hear?" 
And "Aye, aye, sir!" rang the answer 

o'er the waters loud and clear. 

Then they listened, "He is singing 

1 Jesus lover of my soul T ," 
And the -gwinds brought back the echo, 

"While the nearer waters roll." 
Strange, indeed, it was to hear him, 

"Till the storm of life is past," 
Singing bravely o'er the waters, 

"Oh receive my soul at last." 

He could have no other refuge, 

"Hangs my helpless soul on Thee." 
"Leave, oh I leave me not," 

the singer dropped into the sea. 
And the watcherslooking homeward, 

Though their eyes by tears made dim, 
Said, "He passed to be with Jesus 

in the singing of that hymn." 

— Marrianne Farningham 

Selected by Susan R. Coning 



ANNA MARY BOWSER,, oldest daughter of Bro. Daniel and 
Sister Allie (Garst) Denlinger, was born Dec. 19, 1898, 
in Montgomery Co*, Ohio. She passed away in the early 
morning hours of 'Jan. 13, .1985 J after a few days of 
lung congestion., at the age of 86 years and 25 days. 

On Nov* 23, 1919, she was united in holy wedlock 
with Charles H. Bowser, , To this union were born four 
children, Earle, Margaret Brubaker, Lloyd, and Carol 

This union was broken on Nov. 21, 1973 > when her 
companion of 54 years passed away. She continued to 
maintain her home until March of last year when, after 
a fall, she was hospitalized. After a. month in a con- 
valescent home, she' went to the home of her daughter, 
Carol, where she was faithfully , cared for until her 
death. During this time she was able to go to meeting 
occasionally, with assistance, up to one week before 
her death. 

On Aug. 25;, 1918, she accepted the redeeming power 
of Christ by water baptism into the fellowship of the 
Old German Baptist Church. She, with her husband, was 
installed into the Deacon 1 s office in 1934> in which 
she served faithfully as long as health permitted. Her 
quiet, uncomplaining life of serving others is a worthy 
example of "a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet 
for the Master's use." 

Along with the above-named children and their com- 
panions, she is survived by 11 grandchildren; 13 great- 
grandchildren; 1 fqster grandson, whom she. loved as 
her own; 1 brother, Isaac, and 1 sister, Delia Garber, 
with their companions; a brother-in-law, Joseph Brubaker; 
a sister-in-law, Gladys Denlinger; and other relatives 
and friends. 

Services were conducted Jan. 16 at 9=15 a.m. at 
Gilbert Funeral Home in Brookville, Ohio, and at 10:00 
a.m. at Wolf Creek meeting house by the home brethren. 
The text was taken from I Cor. 13, "Value, Virtue, and 
Victory of Charity." Hymns^ 393^ 392, and 395 were sung 
during the services. Burial wps &pf*n ± n Eversole Ceme- 


tery, beside her companion, to await the sound of M the . 

last trump. 11 , " 

r — The Family 

EDNA MAREA DU.TTER, daughter of Adam and Elizabeth (Wise) 
Blocher was born August 17 j 1903 > near Minot, North 
Dakota. Mother slept away just before dawn on January 
28, 1985 j a ^ "the age of 81 years , 5 months, and 11 days. 

She was united in marriage to George Corson Dutter 
on December 16, 1925 ^ near Pyrmont, Indiana. To this 
union were born eight children. 

She, with her companion, was baptized into the Old 
German Baptist Church on August 27 > 1931 > and remained 
true to her Lord to the very last breath . Realizing 
that life was slipping away, Mother called for the 
anointing on September 30, 1984 and was comforted. 

She had lived in Indiana the last ten years. She. 
also had lived in North Dakota and California. 

She is survived by her eight children: David, Ivan, 
Gordon, Charlotte Flora, Georgia Morrell, Doris Oyler, 
Marshall, and Martha Meador. Mother has 35 grand- 
children and 34 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Rosa 
Scholl, and Cordelia Kuns; three brothers, Floyd 
Blocher, Paul Blocher, and Joe Blocher. 

Preceding her in ideath, besides her husband and 
parents, were one brother, two sisters, and one grand- 
child. She will be greatly missed by her children 
and grandchildren. 

Funeral services were held January 30 at 9:30 a.m. 
in the Reinke Funeral Home and at the Bachelor Run 
Meeting House at 10 'a.m. Scriptures used were Psalm 
90, and St. John 11:28, "The Master is come and calleth 
for thee. n The body* was then taken to Modesto, Cali- 
fornia, for burial at the Wood Colony Cemetery, with 
graveside services at 4 p.m., January 31 * 1985. Hymns 
55 and 393 were used at both services. 

— The Family 


FLORA - A son, Kenton Jonathan, born February 2 to 
Buford and Joan Flora of Nappanee, Indiana, 



John was the son of Zebedee and Salome. He lived 
about seventy years after the death, resurrection, and 
ascension of Christ . He died at Ephesus, the last of 
the Apostolic band. 

The father Zebedee and his sons, James and John were 
fishermen on the sea of Galilee, They owned ships and 
had hired servants. Taking John 19:26,27 literally, 
he owned a home in Jerusalem and may have been a rep- 
resentative there of the fishing firm of his. brethren. 

John was first a disciple of John the Baptist before 
he became a disciple of Jesus. He was a devout man. 
John was one of the three (with Peter and James) who 
formed the inner circle of the Apostles who were 
brought into the most intimate relations of the Lord, 
Of these John T s intimacy with Christ was the closest. 
He speaks of himself as the disciple whom Jesus loved. 

John was well known to the high priest. He was 
the companion of Peter during the founding of the church 
in Jerusalem. (Acts 3) 

John was specially fitted to be the writer of this 
Gospel because of his intimacy with Christ, his deep, 
spiritual insight, and his Intensity of thought and 
feeling. (Adapted form the studies of Bishop Alvin 

Halley writes about John and the Gospel of John: 
"For a number of years Jerusalem seems to have been 
his chief residence. According to well-established 
tradition, his later years were spent at Ephesus. No- 
thing is known of his activities or whereabouts in the 
interim. At Ephesus he lived to a great age and wrote 
his Gospel, three Epistles, and Revelation. 

"The date of his Gospel is usually assigned to about 
A.D. 90. Some think that John originally wrote this 
Gospel much earlier, while- he was still in Jerusalem, 
soon after the Resurrection, in Hebrew; and in later 
years, issued, in Greek, the Iphesian edition, which 
was the parent of all extant manuscripts," 



Fellowship is the companionship or communion of 
those with the same beliefs and convictions. There 
is sharing with other Christians and communing with - 
God. • - ' 

Fellowship is encouraging to Christians. Speaking 
to each other and identifying with, their problems, re- 
joicing in their success, or merely knowing they have 
the same trials, goals, and triumphs can be a great 
comfort to those- who feel alone x Fellowship not . only 
eliminates the feeling of independence; .but, with, a 
sharing of values and convictions, creates, unity. 
Christians become more like each other ^nd^mo re like 
Christ. There is also the discipline of working* with 
each other that fellowship- brings. 

To a Christian "there is also the greater joy of 
fellowship with God. This fellowship' 1 brings a glimpse 
of glory and eternal life, and a realization of the 
frailties of ' our pleasures. It also brings a. greater 
devotion and a death to the .old.. man In a likeness to 
His death. (Philippians 3:10) There is also a comfort 
"in His understanding -and ^complete knowing of all our 
joys and trials. 

Therefore, fellowship is a necessary element in the 
Christian life. Without fellowship with others, Christ- 
ians would probably become discouraged and independant. 
Without fellowship with God we would miss the link that 
draws us closer to Him. ' •" 

— Ina Cover 

Tuolumne, California 


Our sincere thanks to all those who gave us their 
support, in prayer, encouragement, and financial aid 
. in our recent unexpected medical trauma. May all ex- 
perience the blessing there is In helping each. other In 
in their needs. _ The James Uu£fman Family 



Write the name of the person who is being quoted in 
the blank following each statement. The names you ! 11 
need appear- at the bottom. 

1/ "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." 

(Matt. 16: 16) __ 

2. "I find In him no fault at all" (John 18:38) 

3« "Rabbonii" (John 20:16) 

4. "Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from 
God." (John 3:2) 

5. "Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he." (Mark 14: 


6. "There cometh one mightier than I after me, the 
latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down 
and unloose." (Mark 1:7) 

?; "Behold the handmaid of the Lord." (Luke 1:38) 

8. "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" (Acts 16:30) 

9* "Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient 

season, I will call for thee." (Acts 24:25) 

10. "Lord, what wilt thou' have me to do? (Acts 9:6) 

11. "Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian." 

(Acts 26:28) 

12. "Understandest thou what thou readest?" (Acts 8:30) 

Felix, Philip, Judas, Peter, Saul, King Agrippa, Pilate, 
the mother of Jesus, Nicodemus, Mary Magdalene, John 
the Baptist, Philippian jailer. 

Selected from the Church Correspondent 


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VOL. 32 MARCH, 1985 NO. 3 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2-.u 


Give me a love that knows no ill; 
Give me the grace to do Thy will. 
Pardon and cleanse this soul of mine; 
Give me a heart like Thine. 

Only a joy, a few brief years, 
Only a dream, a vale of tears 
Tain is this world I now resign. 
Give me a heart like Thine. 

Open mine eyes that 1 may see; 
Show me the cross of Calvary, 
There may I go and not repine. 
Give me a heart like Thine. 

Pillow my head upon Thy breast; 
Shelter my soul and give me rest; 
Fill me with love as I recline ♦ 
Give me a heart like Thine. 

Come to my soul, blessed Jesus. 
Hear me, Saviour divine I 
Open the- fountain and cleanse me; 
Give me a heart, a heart like Thine, 

— J. W. Vandeventer 

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"That there should be no schism in the body; but that 
the members should have the same care one for another." 
(I Corinthians 12:25) 

There is a unity and harmony in the body of a man 
that is scarcely equalled any place else. It is rarely 
ever divided in any way. If there must be an amputation 
for any .reason , it is accompanied by seveie .pain, mental 
arguish, and a crippled condition forever after. A 
man r s body is not like the starfish or earthworm which 
possess the power of regeneration; if a leg or a part 
is cut off, usually a new one will grow. In our bodies, 
even a tooth or a fingernail will not grow in if once 
removed . 

A body is the picture of harmony and peace.. It all 
moves together, pressing on in the same direction. For 
3-ust one small example, as a man runs, his arms swing 
in a certain pattern. Try jogging with your arms 
swinging out of timing. The systems of the body sup- 
port each other and each has a special place and 
function, although their appearance , their care, their 
size are all quite different. 

In I Corinthians 12 Paul compares the church to a 
body — in fact, he says it is a body — the body of Christ. 
"For fcjy one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, 
whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or 
free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. 
For the body is not; one member, but many." (v. 13,14) 
These verses suggest (and we know it is true) that 
those of various backgrounds (Jew, Gentile, bond, free) 
were all in- the church and that it sometimes caused 
problems. But here is the beauty in the body of Christ: ,, 
"But noitf hath God set the members everyone of them in 
the body as it hath pleased him." (v. IS) Each member 
has a unique place to fill, The inference is that 
without this member, as without an eye or foot (v. 21,22), 
there would be something missing; the body would be 



Suppose we compare a church division to a natural 
body that is split. It is one thing to have limbs ' 
amputated and the body remain crippled. But it is 
quite another to think of a body being split down the 
middle. The certain result is death. 

When a man and woman are married, they become — "one 
flesh." I have an article before me comparing church 
divisions to divorce. The similarities are striking, 
and I will reproduce three of the comparisons here 
(Family Life— February, 1982, by Elmo Stoll): 

"1) Both are the result of human reaoning. Ann 
Landers, that famous columnist, used to condemn di- 
vorce, but now tells her readers, M If two absolutely 
can't get along together, it is better to divorce than 
to spend their lives fighting each other." That is 
human reasoning, and coming from Ann Landers, we can 
expect it. But it is tragic when that kind of reason- 
ing is heard among our plain people to justify church 
divisions, worst of all, sometimes even coming from 
ministers and bishops. Married couples who clash are 
not better off if they divorce; they are better off 
if they learn to get along with each other. If they 
divorce, that is to accept defeat, to give up trying, 
to ^dmit that getting along is hopeless. As long as 
they are still living together, and trying to resolve- 
their -differences, there is still hope that, a solution 
will .be-'* worked out. The same can be said of cnurch 
splits. The Scripture, and not human reasoning, must 
remain our guide. 

n 2) Both divorces, and church splits cause suffering 
of innocent victims. The true victims of divorce are 
the children. What can be more unfair to a child than 
to ask him to choose between father and mother, when 
he desperately needs both? Who can count the emotion- 
ally mixed-up children in the world today who are the 
results of broken homes. In every church division, 
there are also many young people, and even children, 
who are scarred for life by the atmosphere of ill will 
and tension. They are the innocent victims of broken 

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n 3) Both are the results of wrong attitudes toward 
authority. In nearly every divorce .case, there is a 
wrong concept of authority in two ways. First, those 
who have been given authority over others, misuse it* 
And those who are under authority, disrespect it. 
Each excuses himself because the other is out of his 
place. The same is surely true in most church divi-^ 
sions. God has set people in the church in positions 
of authority, but that authority is easily misused. 
God has also commanded people in the church to respect 
the authority set over them, but -that is far too often 
disrespected. Divisions are the fruit. n 

This writer recognises that in the past there have 
been times when Christians had to organize and with-r- 
draw from a corrupt organisation. But for brethren 
to disagree and divide because of it, there can be no 
Scriptural or reasonable justification. 

In the words of Paul (I Corinthians 1:10), I would 
close with this personal appeal: "Now I beseech you, 
brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that 
ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no 
divisions ajnong you; but "that ye be perfectly joined 
together in the same mind and in the same judgment." 
— L.C. 

Soloman," the wise man, was allowed to follow all his 
desires in his natural life. After he tried them, he 
said all was vanity and' vexation of spirit. Jesus 
and the resurrection gave us a lively hope of something 
far better. "Now the God of hope fill you with all' 
joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, 
through the power of the Holy Ghost." (Romans 15:13) 

"For we are saved by hope " (Romans 8:24) "Which ■ 

hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and 
stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil." 

(Hebrews 6:19) 

— Ernest Wagner Modesto, California 



■■ -" Jesus use -me, and Lord don't refuse me > 
For surely there 's a work that I can do; 
And even though it's humble, 
Help my will to crumble; 
Though the cost be great j I'll work for you." 

Chorus to the hymn "Jesus, Use Me." 
Are we willing to be used of Jesus even though the 
cost is great? I'm sure we do want to be used of God, 
because we love Him and want to promote His cause in 
this world. But have we considered what we might have 
to suffer to be used of Him? When we think on what 
some of the patriarchs and prophets of old went through 
in the process of being used of God, we wonder if we 
really do love Him that much. 

Consider Joseph, the beloved one of Jacob's twelve 
sons. First, Joseph had to suffer because of his. - . 
brothers' jealousy. They hated him. We all know how 
awful we feel when someone hates usl Are we willing to 
suffer hatred to be used of God? 

Then his brothers sold Joseph as a slave to the 
Egyptians. Can we imagine the fear and terror in this 
young boy's heart as he faced an: unknown future in a 
strange land, among foreign people — and as a slave yet? 
Who of us wants to be sold as a slave, much as a cow- 
or horse would be sold? ..-•". . 

' Joseph had a hard life of labor among the Egyptians. 
He also had temptations to face. His master, Potiphar, 
saw that God was with him and that Joseph could be 
trusted. So, eventually, he had given his whole house 
and, all possessions into Joseph's capable hands. Life 
in Egypt apparently wasn't so hard for Joseph at this 
time, although he was probably homesick and missed his 
mother and father. 

But then things went irong again I His mistress tried 
to-., demean him by her feminine wiles. Joseph was stead- 
fast and true to his trustworthiness and would not 
give in to herg-uile. Finally the mistress was so' ang- 
ry she made it appear that Joseph had demeaned her, 


and his master believed his wife, instead of giving 
Joseph a chance. He had Joseph — inocent Joseph — cast 
into prison! Are we ready to be innocently cast into 
prison? (Was Potiphar's wife being used of God, even 
in her sin?) 

God xtfas using Joseph and this was all part of His 
great plan. Even in prison, Joseph was favored, and 
life must not have been too hard. Meanwhile , Pharoah 1 s 
butler and baker were being used of God, too. They'd 
offended Pharoah and were put in prison with Joseph, 
Both dreamed dreams, which Joseph correctly inter- 
preted for them.. When the butler was restored to the 
king'.s palace again, God further used him (two years 
later) to. get Joseph out of prison by telling Pharoah 
that he could interpret dreams. 

Mow God was really going to use Joseph In a big, way! 
He'd taken years to prepare Joseph for this time. But, 
now he, by God* s Spirit, interpreted Pharoah* s "dreams 
and told him what to do to save the people from starva- 
tion during the seven years of famine. We all know the 
story. If not, read it in Genesis 41-46. Eventually, 
It turned out that God used Joseph to bring the Hebrews 
"to Egypt, and to give them land and possessions there, 
where they multiplied greatly, 

lieanwhile, what about Joseph 1 s brothers? Were they 
used of God? Yes, indeed. * Think of the years of re- 
morse and guilt they must have suffered, knowing what 
they ! d done to their brother. And we all know it is 
miserable living with a lie hanging over our conscience. 
Remember ^ they'd lied to their father about, what had 
become of Joseph, They suffered in the famine years 
and* xvent to Egypt for food, little knowing it was their 
own despised brother, saving them. But, even these trips 
were not pleasant, because Joseph dealt harshly with 
them and there x\rere strange things taking place during 
these trips that scared them. 

Yet, finally — years after they r d ,sold Joseph — they; 
were privileged to "see 11 that God 'had used them to 
fulfill His plan and to save His people from the, 
dreadful famine. 


Even" so , although we often fall" and sin"," and spend 
days, months, and even years with guilty consciences, or 
•■in remorse, God can use our failuresl 

It is through the weakness of the flesh that we some- 
times-fall into sin, but God can turn even this to His 
purpose if we belong to Him. It may be" only to help us 
be more humble; to show us our own frail selves; to 
show us how we need His strength and guidance; to humble 
us before our brethren and sisters (or even before the 
world! ); to let us experience the wonderful feeling of 
cleansing and forgiveness through Jesus Christ; to 
show the world that we are human like they are, but we 
have an "Advocate" for our sins through accepting 
Jesus' atoning work on the cross. 

But we all know the law of sowing and reaping. So 
we must be willing to suffer the results of our sins. 
If we've lied to someone, although we apologize, " it. .may 
be a long time until they trust us again. If we've"' 
caused someone to lose faith, and they are eternally 
lost, no matter how hard we try to make amends, we will 
always in this life suffer mental anguish for it. .But, 
even this, God can use to make us more careful and 
zealous to win souls. If, in a moment of carelessness, 
God allows us to cause a car wreck and injure or kill 
someone, we will have to live with that in our minds , 
throughout our life. I believe God can, and does.,, for- 
give in such case, but still, there is His law of 
"".•.whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.-" 
(Gal. 6:7b) 

We must also be willing to suffer to be used of God 
when others sin against us. This often brings great 
opportunity to witness for the Lord; to manifest His 
Spirit to the one offending us as well as to all wKb 
are watching. Coul'd we even, perhaps, consider it a 
privilege to think that God would find us fit for such 

I would encourage all of us to seek ways to glorify 
God in all our trials and unpleasant times, knowing He 
allows these times to come upon us to fit us for further 
service in His Kingdom, as well as to use us now. It's 


always easier to labor on and be happy .when we are 
feeling useful, but it T s difficult to always feel use- 
ful. Sometimes our use might simply be praying for 
others while. sitting at home alone. Small and unnotice- 
able, yet so -vital. 

Humbly submitted in the Master's service 
\ Linda L. Frick 
Bradford ^ Ohio 


A VAIN MIND: "This I say "therefore, and testify in 
the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles 
walk, in the vanity of their mind,,, (but) be renewed 
In the spirit of your mind, 11 (Eph. 4:17>23). "The 
preacher" . saw everything as vanity. "Therefore remove 
sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy 
flesh; for^ childhood and youth are vanity. 11 (Ec. 11:10) 
"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear 
God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole 
duty of man ." (Ec. 12:13) Without God in our life.,, 
our walk here on earth seems as endless, aimless toil. 
Even worldly pleasures are meaningless, monotonous. 
But with Christ in. our hearts, our life takes on new 
perspectives. Suddenly our life becomes full of mean- 
ing. Our walk becomes purposeful with grateful toil. 
Our pleasures become unworldly, for our pleasure is in 
serving Christ. When we accept Christ, we can more 
fully appreciate "the preacher 1 s" sermon and the empti- 
ness, vanity of this wo rid I 

man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility 
and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things 
which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly 
mind." (Col. 2:18) "Now as Jannes and Jambres with- 
stood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of 
corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith." (II Tim. 


"The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, 
will not seek after God: God is not in all his 
thoughts." (Psalm 10:4) 

A SHAKEN MIND: "...That ye be not soon shaken in 
mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, 
nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is 
at hand." (II Thess. 2:2) I think we all know what it's 
like to be "shook up" from some mishap or accident. We 
are unstable and unable to think straight, over- or 
under- reacting to the situation. To have a stable mind 
requires faith in that Word and conviction. 

A WILLING MIND: "And thou, Solomon my son, know thou 
the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart 
and with a will ing mind : for the Lord searcheth all 
hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the 
thoughts: if thou seek him, he' will be found of thee; 
but if thou forsake him, he will- cast thee off for ever. 
Take heed now..." (I Chr. 28:9,10), ". 

Too often we are like the little boy who- was happily 
playing ball with his dear grandma. She was the pitcher 
and he was the slugger. And what a slugger he wasl 
Grandma would carefully toss the ball and he would 
swing that bat furiously — and miss I Time after time he 
did his best to show grandma what a great slugger he was. 
Finally, he slung the plastic bat down and shouted ang- 
rily at grandma; "You did it again, Grandma; you missed 
my bat again!" How often we let troubles and problems 
get us down, and we look to the Lord accusingly, "You 
did it again; you missed my heart again" 1 But no, it ! s 
not the Pitchers problem, it's us batters who are miss- 
ing those perfect pitches. We can bend our knees and - 
bow our heads and still miss. We need to examine our- 
self and see who really is lord of our life — the Lord, 
or the world. Only then will we see, and can confess, 
"I_ missed again, Lord." 

"For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond 
their power they were willing of themselves." (II Cor. 
8:3) Are we willing to go beyond our means, to rely 
on Him as provider of all things?- "For if there first 
be a willing mi nd, it is accepted according to that a 


man hath, and not according to that .he hath not." (v. 12) 

"So being, affectionately desirous of you, we were, 
willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of 
God only, but also our own souls , because ye were dear 
unto us. (I Thess. 2:8) We must be willing to give our- 
selves to our brethren to have a fulfilling relationship 
with them and with God, 

"Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power 
in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morn- 
ing: thou hast the dew of thy youth." (Psalm 110:3) 

" If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the 
good of the land." (Isaiah 1:19) 

Bill Gaither wrote the following verse which : sums ; it 
up well and would be good to keep close to our hearts: 

Make me willing to wait patiently 

For the answers I've prayed for so long. 

Make me willing to listen- to Thee 

And to say, not my will, but Thine be done. 

Make me willing to thank Thee for tears 

And for heartaches that calls me to pray. 

Will You make me a vessel the Master can use? 

Keep me willing the rest of my days. 

(To be continued) Ron Gable 9 Goshen, Indiana 

"Wait in the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall 
strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord." 

(Psalm 27:14) 

If we wait or Have patience, and have courage, God 
will strengthen our hearts. The promise is not to 
strengthen our arms or our wills but our hearts. This 
is the place of our emotions and affections. We will 
not harm people this way but will have strong love for 
them, strong sympathy, strong mercy, strong hope, and 
strong desire for the salvation of all. — L.C. 

Try making a list of things we have In common rather 
than the things that would divide us. Christians 
become more alike as they become more like Jesus. 
"Be watchful., and strengthen the things that rekairt* . J* 



ORVILLE JAK33 HALL, son of Eli and Ella (Baker) Hall, 
wss born February "8, 1915* near Potsdam, Ohio, and 
passed away a±- Wayne Hospital in Greenville, Ohio, 
February 9, 1985 > at the age of 70 years and one day. 

On March 14, 1936 h^' was' united in marriage with- 
Goldie E. Hollinger. To this union were born fbu!r v 
children: .Mrs.- Larry "(Mary)- Beasecke'r of Union City, 
Indiana; Mrs. -Wade (Violet) Flora of Brazil, South : ' ; - 
America; Mrs.; Robert (Ellen) Shields of Greenville, - 
Ohio; and Mrs-, Mark (Deborah;) Se3Tnour of Chad, Africa; . 
and 12 grandchildren. 

Preceding him in death "were his parents and a bro- 
ther,' Lester, and two sisters, Mae Lambert and Mary 
Alice Garber. 

As a young man he accepted Christ as his Savior. At 
the time of his death he was a member of the Harris 
Creek Church of the Brethren. : He attended church as 
long as health would permit.' - **"* 

He wps active in- farming all of : his life; He" retired 
12 years ago, moving to Horatio, Ohio. ; ' ; ' 

He was a good provider for his ■family, and was very 
interested in his children 1 s and grandchildren 1 $ welfare. 
The grandchildren always enjoyed the pdrties with their 
grandpa. ' --"" - "••' *'•'' :: " 

He will be sadly missed in the home and in the church. 

Funeral services were conducted at 2:30 p.m. Friday, 
February 15, at the Harris Creek Church of the Brethren 
by Pastors Harold Freeman and Hov/ard Griffith. -Scrip- 
tures read were Psalm 23, Psalm 103 and part of St. l: - 
John 14. Songs sung were n How Great Thou Art," "Shall 
We. Gather at the River" and "Meet Me There."- Burial was 
made in the Oakland Cemetery near Gettysburg, Ohio. 

—The Family" . 

-:- BIRTH 

BOXER.- A son, Marcus Andrew, born February 22 to 
Thomas and Rebecca Royer of Nappanee, Indiana. 




: The history of this book may be considered: 
I. As looking back to the preceding gospels* The 
promises there made we here find made good, particular- 
ly the great promises of the descent of the Holy Ghost, 
The powers there lodged In them we here find exerted in 
miracles wrought on the bodies of people — miracles of 
mercy, miracles of judgment, and much greater miracles 
wrought on the minds of people. The proofs of Christ's 
resurrection with which the gospels closed are here 
abundantly corroborated according to the word of Christ, 
that His resurrection should be the most convincing 
proof of His divine mission. Christ had told His dis- 
ciples that they should be His witnesses, and this book 
brings them in witnessing for Him, That day-spring 
from on high the first appearing of which we there dis- 
cerned we here find shining more and more. The kingdom 
of heaven, which was then, at hand, is here set up. 
Christ's predictions of the virulent persecutions which 
the preachers of the gospel "should be afflicted with we 
here find abundantly fulfilled, and also the assurances 
He gave them of extraordinary supports and comforts ■ 
under their sufferings. This latter part of the -his- 
tory of the New Testament exactly answers to the word 
of Christ in the former part of it: and thus they 
mutually confirm and illustrate each other. 

II. As looking 'forward to the following epistles. 
This book introduces them and is a key to them. We are 
members of the Christian church, that tabernacle of God 
among men. Now this book gives us an account of the 
framing and rearing of that tabernacle. The four gos- 
pels showed us how the foundation of that house was laid; 
this shows us how the superstructure began to be raised; 
Among the Jews and Samaritans; among the Gentiles, 

Two things more are to be observed concerning this 
book: (1) The penman of it. It was written by Luke, 
who wrote the third of the four gospels, which bears 
his name. This Luke was very much a .companion of Paul 


in his services and sufferings. "Only 

(II Tim* 4:11) We may' know by his style in the latter 

pert of this book when and where he was with him, for ■ 

then he writes, We did so and so, as 16:10; 20:6 (2) 

The title of it: "The Acts of the Apostles." (l) It 

is the history of the apostles; yet there is in it the 

history of Stephen, Barnabas, and some other apostolical 

men. It is the history of Peter and Paul only that is 

here recorded; Peter the apostle of the" 'circumcision, 

and Paul the apostle of the Gentiles. (Gal.' 2:7) ; (2) 

It is called their acts or doings. The apostles were 

active, men; and though the wonders they did were by 

the word, yet they are fitly called their acts; they 

spoke, and it was done. 

— Matthew Henry 1 s Commentary 

■> pg. 434 • - 

100 YEARS AGO • 

This article appeared 100 years ago in the February, 
1885, Vindicator . We see that they were then (as we 
are now) concerned for their children. Someone has 
said that our children are the only thing we can take 
with us to glory. - 


Beloved members of the one faith, greeting: We be- 
lieve it would be good for us to bring them (our child- 
ren) up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. 
(Ephesians 6:4) Now, dear members, this is a command. 
Yet we see so many of us bringing up our children in 
the nurture of the world, and the excuse "for so doing 
is like this: "Let them go as they desire until they 
become converted, and then let them become humble and 
plain members of the church.' 1 We say often that we 
want our children "to become members of Christ T s body." 
Yet while many of us talk thus, we are, by the nurture 
we are giving these, tender minds, only assisting the 
adversary to fasten his poisoned demon-like fangs in 
the heart, soul and spirit of our children. We do this 
by giving our children lesson daily, of pride, ambition 


and avarice. Now, dear members, in much love we say in 
this thing we have not the mind of Christ. Now, in 
this kind of training we surely administer to them 
the very doctrines and practices that will poison the 
■soul:and spirit, and lessen the probability of them 
filling our places in the church after we are dead; 
perhaps cripple their usefulness in the vineyard of 
the Lord, Oh members, think. The Lord makes it our 
duty to strive to develop the "Life Force" of the soul 
and spirit of our children, "and not yield ourselves 
as instruments of the adversary by sowing in their 
tender minds the seeds of a corrupt doctrine and there- 
by rust and corrode the talent that God has given them; 
but rather let us carefully train them in all the 
Chrisitan graces," as early and as fast as their mental 
development will admit of, then we can feel that our 
duty is done and them we can hope that our children 
will be saved. _ ¥> g> Noe ^hum, Illinois 

Selected by John Schonwald 


We, the members of the eastern district of the Old 
Brethren, have appointed a Lovefeast and Communion for 
April 6 & 7 at the Waksrusa meeting house. The Lord 
willing, we are looking forward to a time of sweet fel- 
lowship and feeding upon His Word. A hearty invitation 
is extended to all ^ of our brethren, sisters, and friends. 

— Melvin Coning 


We of the Salida 'Congregation rejoiced greatly when 
another precious soul, Jonathan Garber^ was received 
into our fellowship February 17 by a public confession 
of faith in Jesus Christ and Holy Baptism, May he be 
faithful and helpful in the Kingdom of God. 

**~Joseph L. Cover 



I have been reading in the Bible on war, and I have 
gotten some ideas. 

From the Bible: 

Deuteronomy 5*17? "Thou shalt not kill*" 

Matthew 19:18: "He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, 

Thou shalt do ho murder..-." 

Matthew 5:44: "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, 

bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate 

you, and pray for them which de spitefully use j>;ou, and 

persecute you." 

John 18:36: "Jesus answered, My "kingdom is not of this 

world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my 

servants fight, that I should not be -delivered to the 

Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence." 

There are billions of -dollars wasted on war and 
millions of lives are lost, causing hunger, heart--?, 
aches, widows, and fatherless. Many fathers are-'f 
separated from their children, and many mothers lose 
their sons* 

War destroys what God creates. It hurts those whom 
Christ cam'e to heal. It£ mocks the love of God and his 

.commandment of love. It is the opposite of the way of 
reconciliation. It breeds hatred and deception and 

Through his death, Jesus conquered the world and 
triumphed over His enemies. Jesus, in practicing 
nonre si stance, was not a weak and helpless person. 
He taught us the powers of God are far superior to 

"carnal and worldly fprces for meeting, the aggressions 
of evil men.. 

— Lynn Gardin 

New Lebanon, Ohio 

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not \>rar after 
the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not car- 
nal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of 
strongholds... —II Corinthians 10:3,4 

"Lessons From Nature" Series 


If you are like most children, you enjoy the differ- 
ent shapes God has made. You like to draw stars with 
five points , and boats with triangular sails. You 
love to watch the round ball of a moon change every 
night until it becomes a crescent-shaped sliver of 

Shapes are wonderful. God made them to help us tell 
things apart. We can instantly tell a banana from an 
orange by its shape. A walnut has a shape that is 
different from the shape of a pecan* An oak tree is 
shaped differently from a maple tree or a redbud, and 
their leaves have different shapes, too. 

Did you ever use a bright lamp at school to make 
shadow silhouettes of the faces of all the students? 
You w r ere probably surprised to see that you could tell 
most of your friends apart just by the shape of their 
heads 1 

Do you think God could take something that is in- 
visible and give it a special shape so people could see 
it and understand it? Jesus, Who is part of the eter- 
nal spiritual Godhead, took upon Himself the form 
(shape) of a man and looked like other men. When He 
was baptized, a strange thing happened. n The Holy 
Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon Him," 
and a special voice was heard. 

By giving the invisible Spirit the shape of a com- 
mon peaceable bird, God burned into the people's 
memories a wonderful truth, 

— Stanley K. Brubaker 

THE PILGRIM Sonora, Calif. 

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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2:11 


Sweet the moments, rich, in blessing, 
Which before .the cross I spend; 

Life, and health, and peace possessing,, 
From the sinner's dying Friend. 

Here I'll sit, forever viewing 

Mercy 1 s .streajns, in streams of blood, 

Precious drops, -my soul "bedewing," 
Plead and claim my peace with God. 

Truly blessed is this station/ 
- Low before his "cross to lie; 
While I see divine compassion 
Floating in his languid eye. 

Here it is I find my heaven, 

While upon the cross I gaze; .. 

Love I much? I'm more forgiven — 
I'm a miracle of grace. - 

Love and grief my heart dividing, 
With my tears 'his feet I'll bathe, 

Constant still in faith- abiding, 
Life deriving from his death. 

May I still enjoy this 'fueling, 

In all need to Jesus go; 
Prove his wounds each day more healing, - 

And himself more fully know.- 

. ""'"By James Allen 

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Do we all recognize the words of the title? They 
come from Paul*s record of Jesus 1 words at the Last 
Supper: "Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken 
for you: this do in remembrance of me." Luke records 
almost the same words: "This is my body which is given 
for you: this do in remembrance of me." Jesus was 
speaking to "the twelve," But do, we think His words 
were only to them? If we really believe Jesus included 
us in this -declaration, it will mean the ransom of our 

Seven centuries earlier , Isaiah had written^ "But he 
was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for 
our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon 
him; and with his .stripes we are healed," What kind of 
love prompted this act? What kind, pf Person could do 
this for us? ' What should our response be to this kind 
of love and this kind of Person? 

The story is told of a girl who could not get used 
to her mother's hands that w©^ so scarred and ugly. 
But one day her mother told her- of the terrible fire 
in their house -when her hands were badly burned as she 
rescued her baby daughter. From then on she loved her 
mother 1 s hands that had saved her life at such great 

We can all relate to. this story as we remember our 
own parents and their lives of sacrifice for their 
children. No doubt .many scars, bruises,, sicknesses 
and heartaches were endured for the sake of dear child- 
ren. My mother bore me with pain and anguish in times 
of depression into an already large family. But she 
didn't die for me; she was not broken for me the way 
my Saviour was. 

My father, worked hard to provide for us children. 
He took jobs that were not. really his type of work — 
because jobs were scarce and his family needed food and 
clothing. But he wasn't broken for me the way my Sav- 
iour was. And my father couldn't have healed me of my 


transgressions even if he had died for me* 

David wept for Absalom and would have died for him. 
We might be willing to die for our children. And at 
times in the past men sacrificed their children to 
atone for their own sins. Micah questions fervently: 
"•..Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the 
fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?" (6:7) No, 
none of these sacrifices will atone for sin. It took 
the blood of the Lamb of God who loved me and gave 
Himself for me. 

Then Paul writes so pointedly to all believers, 
M ¥hat? know ye not that your body is the temple of the 
Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and 
ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: 
therefore glorify God in your body., and in your spirit, 
which are God T s«" (I Corinthians 6:19,20) 

If we believe these things, can we be deluded into 
thinking that God will not require our devotion in 
return? Isaac Watts wrote in 1707: 

"Love so amazing, so divine 
Demands my soul, my life, my all." 

We sometimes become so bothered, so worried, so de- 
sperate when things don f t go our way. Jesus died for 
me and rose again that I might live for eternity. He 
offers life to all. What else matters? Should not our 
best effort, 'no, our total effort, our total commitment 
all our love, our concern be for -our Lord? How can we 
find room to quarrel, to worry, to be selfish, to want 
our own way, to withhold love and forgiveness, to fail 
to encourage..? How can we be still when our neigh- 
bors, our friends, and the world need the testimony of 
Jesus? C.F. Yoder wrote in God*s Means of Grace ' "It 
is not what the world calls success that the Lord re- 
quires. It is faithfulness." 

Let our lives be swallowed up in the love and ser- 
vice of God. Let our selfish wills be subdued and the 
life, death, and resurrection of Jesus be represented 
in our thoughts, words and deeds. He was "broken for 
you (us)": let us live for Him. — L.C. 



"Finally my brethren be strong in the Lord and the 
power, of his might. " (Eph. 6:10) If ^ there ever was a 
.time requiring spiritual strength , it is this our day. 
The church In our country has been granted religious 
freedom, and, with few exceptions, Christians have 
experienced little outward persecution. Outward op- 
pression directed toward any group, whether a nation 
or a church, will tend to unite that group. Is it , 
possible that by reason of our blessed religious free- 
dom we have become weak,- and lack the united strength . 
to resist the forces which threaten our. spiritual 
unity? I will say as did the apostle Paul, n But, be- 
loved, we are persuaded better things of you..." True, 
we may let down our. guard at times, but we have a . 
source- of strength whereby we can rise to any occasion. 
Dearly beloved, let us build up our spiritual strength 
lest Satan should get the advantage. 

Our bodies require proper nourishment^' so also does 
our spiritual well-being. Calcium deficiency may re- 
sult, in muscle cramps. We may experience cramps In 
our spiritual life as a result of a deficiency in God's 
Word, Vitamins are necessary for the body to utilize 
nourishment properly. Prayer and meditation is neces- 
sary for the Holy Spirit to di.rect our minds in, 
"rightly dividing the word of truth." "God is love" 
and any use of His* Word without this spirit of charity 
will result In stress and misunderstanding. Many 
parallels can be made comparing the natural body to 
our spiritual being. The point \te wish to make is that 
a healthy body requires proper nourishment, good 
hygiene, and adequate exercise. Likewise good spirit- 
ual health requires proper nourishment from God's Word, 
gooa care through prayer and meditation, and adequaoe 
exercise by Christian work and witness* 

A run down, unhealthy, and tired person performs 
poorly and is susceptible to disease and failure. 
Similarly when we neglect our spiritual life we per- 
form poorly and are susceptible to spiritual blight. 


One of the most manifest symptoms of spiritual weakness 
is the inclination to consider self above one ! s neigh- 
bor, fellow Christian , or family member, I have ex- 
perienced this in my own life. We are so sure we are 
correct and our neighbor is in error that we become 
more engrossed in proving our point than we are of 
helping our neighbor or brother. How much more effect- 
ive we could be If we approached our fellow believers 
with a compliment on their virtues rather than by 
pointing out their faults. You will note how the 
Apostle Paul in writing to erring churches often ad- 
dressed them complimenting them for their, virtues. 
The manifestations of spiritual weaknesses are too 
numerous to dwell on, but they all tend to lower our 
resistance to Satan T s influence upon our attitudes and 
actions. The remedy for spiritual weakness is to be- 
come strong in the Lord by following the prescription 
of God's Word, Giving up our egoistic exertions is 
difficult , but it can be accomplished through prayer 
and rejecting self. When this is accomplished the 
Holy Spirit can refresh and strengthen us. 

"Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and 
beloved > bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of 
mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, 
and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel 
against any: even as Christ forgave you so also do 
ye. And above all these things put on charity, which 
is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God 
rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called 
in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of 
Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdont; teaching 
and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and 
spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts 
to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, 
do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks'' 
to God and the Father by him." (Colossians 3:12-17) 

-Joseph E. Wagner 
Modesto, California 



. The other day at work, there was a board on the floor 
that I wanted, so I stopped to pick it up. There was 
a brother behind me that had to wait till I had gotten 
it. He said, "What thou dnest, do quickly ." I looked 
at him, and then he said, "That was Christ telling Judas. fl 
His next words have stuck with me: "But you are not a 
Judas, are you?" I'- said,"I don't know sometimes , what 
I am. He said, "I know you are not," All day, I asked 
myself, "Am I a Judas?" 

No, I haven't openly denied or betrayed Christ. We 
have, heard that we only love Jesus as much as we love 
our worst enemy. We are told to love our enemies. If 
I : cannot love my enemy, I cannot love Christ, because 
the Bible also says if we love Christ, we will keep 
His commandments. I John 5:2: "By this we know that 
we love the children of God, when we love God, and 
keep his commandments." We can also say, "If we do not 
love the children of God, neither do we love God, or 
keep His commandments," 

In Judges we read about Samson and his mighty 
strength. 16?4: "And it came to pass afterward, that 
he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name 
was Delilah." When the Philistines heard of this, they 
saw chance to get even. They told Delilah to "Entice 
him, and see wherein his great strength lieth, and by 
what means we may prevail against him." It seems when 
we have someone that has wronged us, we can think of 
all kinds of evil to get even. But remember, Jesus 
says we are to "Love your enemies, bless them that 
curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for 
them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." 
(Mat-. 5*14) In verse. IS of chapter 16 "And when 
Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she 
sent and called for the Lords of the Philistines saying, 
Come up this once, for he hath shewed me all his heart . 
Then the lords of the Philistines, came up unto her, 
and brought money in their hand. 11 Finally, after the 
fourth time, Delilah betrayed her lover. Let's be 


truthful, and think back over our lives, have we be- 
trayed our fellow man, and in turn, betrayed Christ? 
I can only hang my head in shame for my weakness. 

In Psalms 41: 9 5 David says, u Yea, 'mine own familar 
friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, 
hath lifted up his heel against me.' 1 There is a special 
pain, when our friends turn against us, but who has had 
his friends turn against him like our Lord? In one 
place it says "and they all forsook him, and fled." 
There are times in our walk of life "that we feel for- 
saken, but no matter how many of our friends have 
turned against us, we still have one that "sticketh 
closer than a brother." 

Fs-alra 55:12-13: "For it i^ras not an enemy that re- 
proached me; then I could have borne it: neither was 
it he that hated me that did magnify himself against 
me; then I would have hid myself " from him: But it 
was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaint- 
ance." Even though we are to love our enemies, and do 
good to them, we still have a special love for our 
brethren and close friends. ' So when a friend rejects 
us, it has a hurt that otherwise we do not feel so 
keenly. David says if it 'would have been an enemy, he 
could have born it; if it was one that hated him, then 
he would have hid from him. I, in a small way, can' 
realize what it Is to have a close friend reject me. 
There is a sadness that goes with us wherever we are. 
On the other hand, I can see if we had someone that 
hated us, and had done us wrong, in a figurative way, 
we could hide, and soon forget. But David say s^ "But 
it w?.s thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and my ac- 

Matthew 10:21: '"And the brother shall deliver up 
the brother to death, and the father the child:, and 
the children shall rise up against their parents, and 
cause them to be put to death." 24:10: "And then 
shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, . 
and shall hate one another." Do we have hate in our 
hearts towards our fellowmen? My Bible says if I hate 
my brother, I am a murderer, and, therefore, I know no 


murderer hath eternal life. I have many loved ones, 
that have gone on to their reward, and I know many of 
you do, too. We want to live lives so someday we can 
be in Heaven with all the saints. So let ! s all try 
to love each other as Christ loved us, and cleanse our 
hearts of hatred. 

Matthew 26 tells how Judas went to the chief priests 
"and said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will 
deliver him unto you?" H And from that time he sought 
opportunity to betray him." I am sure from that time 
.on, Judas was a very miserable man. The One he had 
learned to love and commune with, who had such a tender 
heart, who would hurt no one, he has promised to betray, 
Veres 48,49: I! Now he that betrayed him gave them a 
sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: 
hold him fast. And forthwith he came to Jesus, and 
said, Hail, master; and kissed him." To betray Jesus 
was bad enough, but with a kiss, the very symbol that 
represents love and peace. To me, when I greet a 
brother with a kiss, I am telling him, "I love you, 
and will be true to you." There have been times when 
I haven T t lived up to that. In other words there have 
been times when I was a Judas. But with God's grace, 
and tender mercy, I have been forgiven. "Thanks be 
unto God for his unspeakable gift." 

—Everett Oyler 
New Paris', Indiana 


.ONE MIND, UNITY: "Forasmuch then as Christ hath 
suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise 
with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the 
flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should 
live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts 
of men, but to the will of God." (I Peter 4:1,2) 

"So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and 
every one members one of another." (Rom. 12:5) "There 
is neither Jew nor Greek, there-is neither bond nor 


free, there is neither male nor female; for ye are 
all one in Christ Jesus. 17 (Gal, 3:28) 

Christian fellowship is a result of unity. In 
Malachi 3: 16, n Then they that feared the Lord spake 
often one to another.. . " Not only is it comforting to 
be with those of the same mind; it is encouraging and 
strengthening. As the saying goes, M Birds of a feather 
flock together. 1 ' 

The Saviour prayed, "That they all may be one ; as 
thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also 
may be one in usr that the world may believe that thou 
hast sent me. 11 (John 17:21) "For He is our peace, who 
hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle 
wall of partition between us..." (Eph. 2:14) 

Just as a man cleaves to his wife and they be one 
flesh, so shall Christians be one spirit. 

This is not to imply that we should be agreed in 
every tiny aspect of thought. Vie all have different 
tastes, different desires and different ideas. We each 
have our own personalities and temperaments. Therefore 
we will have different opinions. It is up to us to 
keep opinions from clashing. We must be tolerant, re- 
spectful of one another 1 s opinions and refrain from 
trying to force ours. "There is one body, and one- 
Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your call- 
ing; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and 
Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and 
in you all." (Eph. .4:4-6) If we have the mind of 
Christ and therefore the love of Christ, we : r on T t need 
to worry about unity; it will be the spiritual result. 

When our hearts are in tune with Christ, our minds 
will be in tune with those whose hearts are also in 
tune with Christ. This is how the unity of the Spirit 
is kept, in the bond of pe ace. 

A SOBER MIND: "Young men likewise exhort to be 
sober minded. » (Titus 2:6) "Teaching us that, denying 
ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, 
righteously, and godly, in this present world." (v. 12) 
"But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore 
sober, and watch unto prayer- !I (I Peter 4:7) "For I 


say, through the grace given unto me, to every- man that 
is among you, not to think of himself -more highly than 
he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as 
God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith." 
(Romans 12:3) 

Does this mean that Christians cannot laugh? No! 
For we also are to be joyous .. We* re dealing with our 
outlook on life. How do we viextf life? Have we a do- 
as-you-please, enjoy-it-while-you-can life; with full 
attention on self , little regard to morality, and no 
consideration of death and of life beyond death? This 
is a worldly mind, far from being serious, or sober . 
but always seeking fun and a good time regardless of 
the Spirit that constrains the sober-minded, Spirit- 
filled Christian. n Life Is reall Life is earnest I 
Tlie grave is not its goal, but eternal life for the 
soul 1 . 11 (See our hymnbook, #510) 

So, we're not talking about a condition of the face, 
but the condition of the mind. The condition of the 
world is very sobering indeed. People are experiencing 
fear and horror almost world-wide because of wars, 
shootings, violence of all kinds, the threat of a 
nuclear holocaust, famines, droughts, floods, unstable 
governments, etc. The Important question is, t! Do they 
fear God? n We should place our fear and trust in Him 
and all these other things won l t really matter, for 
He is in control I 

Does a surgeon- perform his operations carelessly, 
half-heartedly, with sloppy incisions and excisions, 
not caring about the end results? No I We should be 
as surgeons, diligent and careful, wholehearted in our 
work, precise in our Incisions and excisions of life 
with its tumors of sin and temptations, prayerfully 
and soberly removing them; then gingerly stitching the 
wound so as to leave the least scar possible. In this 
frame of mind can we live soberly and righteously be- 
fore our God. /rn ■* 

(>o be continued) 

— Ronald L. Cable 
Goshen, Indiana 



We'd like to share some things with you from here in 
Brazil, God allowed us to purchase a house and lot in 
April, 1984, for a place to worship Him, We had our 
dedication service the last- Sunday in April to dedicate 
it to the Lord, We had our first ^^^orship service in 
God's house the first Sunday in May. We had been hav- 
ing our services In different homes 9 so we thanked the 
Lord for a permanent place to worship Him* 

We had our church services in a small front room 
with chairs and benches with no backs set around the. 
walls. As more attended we tore out a wall and had the 
church services in a big room across the front of the 

We had our church services in the morning, but the 
custom here is to have them In the evening, so we 
changed the time to 7:30 P.M. as the people here are 
accustomed to eating dinner at 11:00 and cooking it as 
they are ready to eat It since a lot don't have refrig- 

We ordered benches to be made in May for the churchy 
and the man said they would be ready July 15th. But 
since this is Brazil, and no one gets in a hurry except 
us Americans, half of them were finished in September 
and the other half In November. 

The poorer people don't have cars here^ so you can't 
tell who is going to be at church by the cars parked 
in front, as there aren't any. Some come on bicycles; 
the ones that live close walk; and the others we pick 
up in our car. Our car is known as the "sardine can" 
because it is always so full of people packed in like 
sardines. We make two or three trips, so the people 
wait at the church while we pick up the others. A lot 
of them aren't ready when we get there, so you have to 
wait until they finish getting ready.. Sometimes they 
have to take a bath, change clothes and get ready while 
we wait on them. The people here don't change clothes 
unless they bathe first. Some evenings, instead of 
church starting at 7:30, it starts at 8:15 until we get 
everyone picked up and to church. Time isn't important 


to most people here, so it is unusual for anything to 
start on time. Some people -don* t even have a watch or 

The room for services is getting so crowded nov^ so 
we need to tear out more walls and order more- benches 
made for which we praise the Lord. 

Our church services are conducted by opening the 
services with hymns chosen by the congregation , then 
the Old Testament reading and a welcome- and remarks 
and singing, then prayer. The New Testament, chapter 
is read and talked on. Then time is given for testi- 
monies, questions, or anything anyone has. Since these 
people are not used to hearing the Word of God, we feel 
it is necessary to have their questions answered when 
they have questions to ask. More songs are sung chosen 
by the people; then closing prayer and dismissal. 
Everyone says the Lord*s prayer after each prayer has 
been prayed. The people tell us how much they like 
a whole chapter read instead of just a few verses here 
and there in the Bible as they feel they are getting 
the truth. They also enjoy the informality, and each- 
one present is free to take part by chosing hymns, 
asking,- questions, or giving testimonies and saying 
the Lord T s prayer together. 

May we ask an interest In your prayers that God ! s . 
Word can be given to these people and His name be 

—Wade & Violet Flora 

Rio Verde, Goias, Brazil 

The spirit of the natural man lusteth to envy. 

Apostle Paul in speaking of charity listed envy first 

of the "things we need to overcome to possess charity. 

Probably .envy has caused more hatred, war,- and strife 

than any other sin. The Scriptures tell us Pilate saw 

the Jews had brought Jesus to him for envy. It also 

caused Cain to slay Abel. 

— Ernest Wagner 




The section of our Bible containing Paul 1 s. epistles 
is of primary importance to us, for here are given the 
great doctrinal truths of the Christian faith. Epistles 
are letters — in this case, letters of Paul to churches 
or groups of Christians. Paul's concern for the people 
who had been converted under his ministry did not end 
when he left their cities. It is apparent that he 
eagerly heard news brought from the churches by his 
cc-workers. He even sent various ones to find out how 
certain groups were faring. 

These letters were sent from Paul by personal mes- 
sengers. There was no . postal system available to him 
like ours is to us today. Friends carried messages 
when they travelled from place to place. 

Our outline of these epistles will be concerned 
mostly with the dates, places, and circumstances of 
their writing ; 


The Epistle to the Romans was written from Corinth 
in winter of A.D. 57-58* It was carried to- Rome by a 
sister named Phoebe, rt a servant of the church which is 
at Cenchrea." (a seaport town near Corinth) She was 
likely a very able and generous (possibly wealthy) sis- 
ter as Paul recommends to the Romans', '" That ye receive 
her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist 
her in whatsoever* business she hath need of you: for 
she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also." 
(16: 2) The epistle was written by Tertius, and he in- 
serts his personal greeting in 16:22. Paul sends 
greeting to about twenty-five Romans whom he names. 
He also sends greeting from various Corinthians. 

This epistle, though it is written as a letter, 
stands as one of the greatest works on the doctrines 
of the Christian faith: . the lost condition of both 
Jew and Gentile, justification by faith in Christ, and 
-M incinles of ho"hr l-ivir^, 



This selected article from the February, 1885, 
Vindicator tells of the true beauty* 



Persons may outgrow disease and become healthy by 
proper attention to the laws of their physical consti- 
tution. By moderate and daily exercise,. 'men become 
active and strong in limb and nuscle. But to grow 
beautiful, How? Age dims the lustre of the eye, and 
pales the roses on beauty 1 s cheek; while crow's feet 
and furrows and wrinkles and lost teeth and grey hairs 
and bald head and tottering limbs and limping, most 
: sadly mar the human form divine. But A dim as the eye 
is, pallid and sunken as may be the face of beauty, and 
frail and feeble that once strong, mortal soul, just 
fledging its wings for its home in heaven, may look out 
through those faded windows as beautiful as the dew-drop 
of summers morning, as melting as the tears that glis- 
ten in affection's eye, by growing kindly, by culti- 
vating sympathy with all human kind, by cherishing 
forbearance towards the follies and foibles of our race, 
and feeding day by day, on that love to God and man 
which limits us from the brute, and makes us akin to 


— Selected by John Schonwald 


The Annual Meeting of the Old Brethren Church will 
be held, the Lord willing, on May 24> 25, and 26 at the 
Salida^ California, .meeting house. Friday will be 
council day; on Saturday and Sunday (Pentecost), there 
will be public preaching; and on Saturday evening, the 
Communion service. A hearty invitation and welcome is 
extended to all our members and friends to attend. 

— Joseph L. Cover 

BOONE — A daughter J Krista Brooke, born March 19 to 
Stephen, and Neva Boone of New Lebanon, Ohio. 



I stood on the shore beside the sea; 
The wind from the west blew fresh and free, 
While past the rocks at the harbour' s mouth 
The ships went north , and the ships went south 
And some sailed out on an unknown quest ,. 
And some sailed into the harbour's rest; 
Yet ever the wind blew out of the west. 

I said to one who had sailed the sea 
That this was a marvel unto me; 
For how can the ships go safely forth, 
Some to the south and some to the north, 
Far out to sea on their golden quest, 
Or into the harbour* s calm and rest, 
And ever the wind blew out of the west. 

The sailor smiled as he answered me, 
n Go where you will when you 1 re on the sea, 
Though head winds baffle and flaws delay, ' 
You can keep your course by night or day, 
Drive, with the breeze, or 'against the gale; 
It will not matter what winds prevail, 
For all depends on the set of the sail* 

Voyager soul on the sea of life, 

T er waves of sorrow and sin and strife, 

When fogs bewilder and foes betray, 

Steer straight orj your course from day to day; 

Though unseen currents run deep and swift. 

Where rocks are hidden and sandbars shift, 

All helpless and aimless, you need not drift, 

Oh, set your sail to the heavenly gale, 
And then, no matter what winds prevail, 
No reef shall wreck you, no calm delay, 
No mist shall hinder, no storm shall stay, 
Though far you wander and long you roam, 
Through salt sea-spray and o'er "white sea-foam, 
No wind that can blow but shall speed you Home. 

— Annie Johnson Flint 

Selected by Rosanna Cov^s? 

"Lessons From Nature" Series 



Every spring, we observe an interesting bit of bird 
behavior. The various swallows and robins and wrens 
return to our area, and the bluejays and woodpeckers 
and cardinals that have stayed to spend the winter with 
us begin "establishing their territories." 

Each pair of nesting birds will need a large enough 
area of home territory to give them a sufficient supply 
of natural foods for raising their young birds to matu- 
rity. God has given the different kinds of birds the 
instinct to know about- how. much feeding ground they will 
need. Bat, like people, the birds need some way to 
mark the boundaries of their "food property" so there 
will not be too niuch trespassing from other bird 

Birds, of course, cannot drive- fenceposts or hang 
up "No Trespassing" signs . So God has given- them the 
strange habit of flying in a regular circuit from one 
corner of their "property" to the next. At each stop 
they sing loudly to let other birds of their own 
specie? know that they are "claiming"- that space of 
land for their own feeding ground. If no other bird 
challenges them, they soon fly on to their next, post 
to s.lng their claim there. Many times during the day 
will they do this,, and often on a regular schedule. 

As children- grow up, they also need to "find them- 
selves," and to let other people know where they stand 
on various issues. Is it possible that they can do it 
unselfishly, like the sweetly-singing birds? They 
most certainly can I ' May we all rejoice in the sweet 
music of cooperation.' - :' 

. • —Stanley K. Bru baker 

THE PILGRIM Sonora, Calif . 

19201 "Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, Calif. 95379 


VOL. 32 MAY, 1985 NO. 5 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the sou|." i Peter 2:7 1 


Spirit of God, descend upon my heart: 

Wean it from earth, through all its' pulses move. 

Stoop to my weakness, mighty as Thou art, 

And make me love Thee as fought to love. 

Hast Thou not bid us love Thee, God and King?. 

All, all Thjine own— soul, heart and strength and mind. 

I see Thy cross — there teach my heart to cling; 

let me seek Thee, and let me find. 

Teach me to feel that Thou art always nigh; ■ 
Tdach me the struggles of the soul "to hear- 
To 1 check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh; 
Teach me the patience of unanswered prayer. 

Teach me to love Thee as Thine angels love, 
One. holy passion filling all my frame: 
The baptism of', the heaven-descended Dove— 
My heart an altar and Thy love the flame. 

—George Croly, 1780-1860 


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What would you think of a horse that would not allow 
a rider and could not be hitched to a cart or implement 
of any kind? There once was such a horse at a fair. A 
man seeing him and the beauty of his form inquired if 
he were a riding horse. The man leading the horse re- 
plied, "No sir, this horse will buck off a saddle. 
Nothing can stay on his back." The visitor then asked, 
"Is he a driving horse then?" ^No, he was hitched up 
once and made, kindling wood of the vehicle he should 
have pulled." "Well, what is he good for?" was the next 
question. The horseman answered, "Style, man, style. 
Just look at the picture he makes." 

That horse is like some other things out of place: 
a knife that can't cut; a car that won't run; a book 
with- blank pages; salt that has lost its savour; a 
Christian who doesn't follow Christ. 

A sister remarked recently that she had known Jesus 
as her Saviour but not until later had she known Him as 
her Lord. In other x^ords, she had not learned to obey 
and follow Jesus and recognize Him as the Ruler of her 
life , 

This all points out a human fault or a condition of 
selfishness that is not at all uncommon for us mortals. 
We want 'blessings without burdens, privileges' without 
pressure, and freedom without responsibility. Jesus 
tells us (John 12:26), "If any man serve me; let him 
follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant 

To follow Jesus — to be where He is — to obey Him as we 
claim to love Him. Perhaps this sounds like a big order. 
It is. In fact, it is an impossible one if God were to 
expect us to accomplish discipleship and obedience on 
our own. But God is not unfair; He is not like us. 
Sometimes we might expect our children to reach a stand- 
ar d they are not able to attain. But Cod gives grace 
and strength, ability and guidance when He givr-s a c^- 



For example, Jesus told Has disciples to go into all 
the world j to preach "the gospel, to teach men to observe 
all His commandments. But before they went, they were 
to wait, "And, behold, I send the promise of my Father 
upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until 
ye be endued with power from. on high," (Luke 24:49) 
The power of the Holy Spirit' descending on the day of 
Pentecost was God's answer to man ! s inability. Without 
this power, they could never have spread the good news 
to all the world. 

We, too, are to wait for power. God proposes to 
change our very natures by His Holy Spirit's control in 
our lives. See John 14:16-18, 14:26 and 15:7-15 for 
Jesus T description of the Holy Spirit's mission. He is 
to reprove or convince the world of sin, of righteous- 
ness, and of judgment. He is to guide us, speak to us, 
and show us things to come. He is to glorify Jesus, 
Quietly effective, He is our Helper, our Heavenly Guide. 

With such help we have no excuse for failing to 
follow. If we are "salt without savour" we cannot blame 
our Lord. Salt without saivour has lost. the character- 
istic that makes it salt'. Christians who do not follow 
Christ — without holiness — have lost the very attributes 
that mak. them Christians. 

What are some of these necessary characteristics? 
Paul lists them in Galations 5:22,23 as the fruit of the 
Spirit. Peter calls them things to add "giving all 
diligence." (II Peter 1:5-7) 

I would mention first the virtue of love. This is 
self-sacrificing love that reaches back up to God, out 
to other Christians^, and extends beyond : to all men- 
even enemies. It is Jesus' new com mandment (not an 
option) and He sums up even the ten Old .Testament com- 
mandments as love to God and to fellowmen. A Christian 
without love Is a book with blank pages. 

Devotion, consisting of prayer, Bible study, and; 
meditation, is a characteristic' that helps make a 
Christian what he is. Devotion gives time and oppor- 
tunity for the Holy Spirit to restore power in our lives. 


Without it we are a car that won't run — out of gas. 

In Ephesians 6:15* part of the Christian armor is 
having "your feet shod with the preparation of the 
gospel of peace ." This is our Christian testimony. In 
some way we should be willing to communicate the gospel. 
We testify in words, but we must have more than words. 
A warm smile,., an appearance of modesty harmonizing with 
Christian doctrine, a consistant life, a happy disposi- 
tion, a submissive and teachable attitude: all these 
are part of the Christian testimony* Without it we are 
a. knife that can't cut. 

Truth' and righteousness must certainly be obvious 
in -our lives. No pretense or excuse will substitue. 
John writes simply: "Little children, let no man de- 
ceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, 
even as he (God) is righteous." Without these charac- 
istictics we. .aresalt without savour. 

,. We could mention faith x patience, temperance, bro- 
therly kindness and more. Peter, at the conclusion of 
his list of virtues, comments, "But he that lacketh 
these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath 
forgotten that he was purged from his old sins." 

Without claiming to be already perfect, without 
pride and self-righteousness, we still need to testify 
to the necessity of Christian holiness in our time. We 
see a shift away from Christian standards: breakdown 
of the . family unit , permissiveness regarding children 1 s 
(and adult 1 s) conduct, obsession wiifh entertainment' and 
sports, moral breakdown comparable to Sodom's, and the 
pre-Flood imagination of the thoughts of the heart -only 
evil continually. " We must not think that we "can live 
carelessly in a world like ours and be immune to ttie 
evils around us just because our fathers stood against 
nworldliness.* As conservative Christians we must 
continue to uphold and practice obedience and growth 
as essential features in the lives of the children of 
God. Only the : Holy Spirit of God can accomplish these 
as .we yield to Hijn. T n 



The second Sunday of each month we meet at the city- 
jail for services at 2;30 P.M. It started by a request, 
so we had to either accept it or reject it. But since 
the- Bible says we should visit the prisons, we accepted 
the invitation. A lady that we know and love, whose son 
was in prison, .asked us to go to see him. He asked us 
if we would hold a church service at the jail which 
everyone agreed to. The second time we had services, 
the prisoners and the guards asked us to come every 
Sunday, The guards said, it helps the spirits of the 
prisoners so much. We agreed on one Sunday a month, 
but for the prisoners, the time passes so slowly so 
they ask us if we disappeared or something until we 
go again. 

We have singing, Bible reading, sometimes talks, and 
prayer. The prisoners and the guards take part in. the 
services by singing. Passing out' Christian tracts to 
the prisoners gives them something to read. They ask 
for Bibles, and one Sunday we passed out all the Bibles 
we had at their requests and had to borrow one for 
church that evening. They ask for hymn books, too. 

These prisoners need our prayers, as many of them 
haven ! t had Godly parents to guide and teach them like 
we have had. • . 

After leaving "the jail, we visit the old peoples * 
home and sing and pray with them. We take refreshments 
to pass out to the old people to add an extra touch to 
their day. _w a de and Violet Flora 

Goias, Brazil, South America 

A RIGHTEOUS Mil©: n The- thoughts of the righteous 
are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit, 1 ' 
(Proverbs 12:5) 


"Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after 
righteousness:' for they shall be filled, » (Matt. 5:6) 

"...The righteousness which is of God by faith..." 
(Philippians 3:9) 

Several years ago I was privileged to see the Passion 
Play in the Black. Hills of South Dakota. Though I was 
watching actors, it didn't take much imagination to see 
"the real Christ, the real tears, the real agony, the 
real love, that He had and has for us. Passion. Christ 
demonstrated the full meaning of the word. Passion is 
any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling. Intense, 
high-wrought emotion that compells to action. Even His 
distress was synonymous with passion. I would like to 
quote Billy Graham on passion and righteousness: 

"There is only one passion that can help us control 
the- many other passions which plague us; that is the 
passion to know and obey God. When this primary passion 
grows cold, we give in to the lower passions that would 
control us. When we get out of- close relationship. with 
Christ, we try to fill that - aching void" ^nd loneliness 
with other things. 

"...But in the struggle for righteousness, there. is 
nothing more helpful than being passionately related 
to Christ through His Spirit — and being passionately 
committed to finding and doing His will in our lives."' 
("Approaching Hoofbeats" Copyright 1983. Word Books, 
Waco^, Texas. Pp.56, 58) 

"There are many- doors today that people are going 
through which do not lead .to the Kingdom of God. Some 
try the door of good works. They say, 'I can get to 
heaven if I only do enough good things, because God will 
honor all the good things I do.- r It's wonderful to do 
good things, but we cannot do enough good things to 
satisfy God. God demands perfection, and we're not 
perfect. If we're going to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, 
we have to be absolutely perfect. You ask, 'Well, how 
will I ever be perfect?' ■ We need to be. clothed in the 
righteousness of the Lord Jesus. There is one door to 
the Kingdom and it's Jesus. And we will never get to 
heaven unless we go His way. 


"The Bible teaches that all our righteousness — fall- 
ing short of the divine standard as it does — is as 
filthy rags in the sight of God* There is absolutely 
no possibility of our manufacturing a righteousness,, 
holiness , or goodness that will satisfy God,, Even the 
best of us is impure to God, I remember one day when 
my wife was doing the washing. The clothes -looked 
white and clean in the house, but when she hung them 
on the line they actually appeared soiled and dirty, in 
contrast to the fresh-fallen snow. Our own lives may 
seem at times to be morally good and decent; but in 
comparison to. the holiness and the purity of God/ we are 
defiled and filthy. In spite of our sins and moral 
uncleanness, God loves us. He decided to provide a. 
righteousness for us.' That is the reason that He gave 
His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the Cross. " 

"God says that only those who hunger after righteous- 
ness will receive it. God thrusts this heavenly manna 
on no one. You must desire it, above everything else. 
Your yearning for Goc. must supersede all other desires, 
It must be like a gnawing hunger' and a burning thirst. 11 
("Day by Day with Billy Graham" Compiled and edited' by 
Joan Winmill Brown. Copyright 1976, World Vide publi- 
cations. Excerpts from sermons and writings.) 

"...I will give unto him that is a thirst of the 
fountain of the water of life freely. He that over- 
cometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, 
and he shall be my son." (Rev. 21:6,7) 

CONCLUSION: The mind is a mysterious mass of gray 
matter, sending out its tiny electrical signals con- 
trolling the body functions, Some of these are auto- 
matic; some are controlled by each individual's needs 
or desires. From the beginning, man was given the 
freedom to think; and because of man's destiny of a 
selfish and pleasure-loving nature, sin i^as conceived 
and wickedness flourished. We became our own god be- 
cause we Ignored God and chose to do whatever was our 
desire. Therefore confusion abounded, Men became 
obsessed with gross immorality. Many have pleaded 
Insanity — using this as an excuse for their errotic 


behaviour — when in fact they are reprobates. It is 
possible even that many diseases are acquired because 
of our wickedness. Perhaps our old-age afflictions are 
the fruits of our iniquities. Being around the aged I 
have often x^ondered this, seeing the varying degrees of 
suffering, the agony of some, the anger of others, the 
peace of acceptance and submission of those In the Lord, 
The peace of God truly "Passes all understanding 1 ' when 
we see a body racked with pain, or helpless, or blind, 
or deaf and this Spirit of Peace is present. We praise 
the Lord for it and only hope that we can face whatever 
may come our way in the fear of our Lord. 

It is my desire that we would be more conscious of 
the state of our mind, which requires constant self- 
exanination and evaluation. Is our mind "in the gut- 
ter," or on the "throne?" Are we eager to criticise 
when we should try to harmonize? Are we consistent, 
that is, do we try to force our ideas onto our brethren 
when we profess to be open-minded and tolerant? 

"And the peace of God, which passeth all understand- 
ing, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ 

Jesus." (Philippians 4:7) „ nj T „ ' 

Ronald L. Cable 

Goshen, Indiana 


Sometimes the Lprd stops us in our path in life to 
turn us to a life more according to His plan. Hebrews 
12:11 "Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be 
joyous, but greivous: nevertheless afterward it 
yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them 
which 1 are exercised thereby." Psalm 119:71 "It is 
good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might 
learn thy statutes." This attitude is contrary to our 
human nature, as every man ! s way is right in his own 

— Ernest Wagner 

Modesto, California 



The bank had closed; my earthly store had ..■ VJ - Ul 

vanished., from my hand; 
I felt that there was no sadder one than I in 

all the. land. 
My washerwoman, 000, had '.lost her little 

mite avith mine. 
And she was singing as she hung the clothes 

upon the line . 
"How can you be so gay? 11 I asked, "lour loss ; 

don't you regret?" :-■ 

"TeSj ma'am, but what's the use to fret? 

God's bank ain't busted yet I" 

I felt my burden lighter grow; her faith I 

seemed to share; 
In prayer I went to God*s great throne and 

laid my troubles -there* 
The sun burst from bejiind the clouds, in 

golden splendor set; 
I thank God for her simple words: "God's 

bank ain't busted yet!" 

And now I draw rich dividends, more than 

my hands can hold:, 
Of faith and love and hope and trust, and 

peace of mind untold, 
I thank the Giver of it all, but still I can't 

My washerwoman's simple words: "God's 
bank ain't busted yet!" 

Oh, weary ones upon life's road, when every- 
thing seems drear, 

And losses loom on every hand and skies 
seem not too clear, 

Throw back your shoulders, lift your head, 
and cease to chafe and fret, 

Your dividend will be declared; "God's bank 
ain't busted yetl" 

Selected by Everett Oyler 

10 ■•■ • THE PILGRIM 


AARON BRUMBAUGH, son of George -and Phebe Ann 
(Grossnickle) Brumbaugh, was born August 29* 1902 , 
near Brookville, Mo nt gome ry ' County -, Ohio , and peace- 
fully departed this life March 31> ;; 1935, at. his farm 
home near Arcanum, , Darke County, Ohio, making his so- 
journ in his mortal body 82 years, 7 months, and 2 days* 

Early in- life he answered the call of his Maker and 
was baptized into the Old German Baptist faith. This 
faith he<; earnestly contended "for throughout his entire 
life, and was. always willing to meet the problems 
which, confronted his faith with holy fortitude, knowing 
that the tidal of his faith was more precious than 
silver and gold* At the time of his passing he was a 
member' 6f the Old Brethren fellowship which he loved. 

On October 16,. 1920, he was united in holy wedlock 
to Iva M> Young:. To this union were born 3 children; 
William, Catherine, and Walter. 

His entire life was spent in farming until his 
health failed. He always worked hard to provide for 
his family and the necessary things of life. We will 
have many precious memories of our dad, grandpa, com- 
panion, and friend* 

Preceding him in death were two sisters, Lydia . • 
(Rapp) Cook, Iva Bayer; one brother, Noah; and one 

Surviving are Iva, his companion of 64 years, being 
89 years in age; three children: William, Catherine 
Garber, and Walter, all of rural route, Arcanum, Ohio; 
eight grandchildren; and fifteen great-grandchildren; 
also s:bc brothers: Lewis of Flora, Indiana; Elmer of 
Arkansas; Amos of Bro-okville, Ohio; Henry of Camden, 
Indiana; Owen and Ezra of Bradford, Ohio. 

We trust that our loss is his eternal gain, and 
commit him to the hands of an eternal and just God. 

Services were held April 4 at 2:00 p.m. in Kreitzer T s 
Funeral Home in Arcanum, Ohio, by Brother Hollis Flora 
and Brother Claude Boone. The 90th Psalm was read and 
talked from. Hymns used were #465, #392, #403, #389, 


#3?8> and #409 > all chosen by the family. Burial was 
in Mote Cemetery. "Home At Last I n 

— The Family 

WILLIAM BHJMBAUGH, son of Aaron and Iva (Young) Brum- 
baugh, was born Ai^gust^ 30, 1922, near Painter Creek, 
bhio, and passed ax^ay April 10, 1985 , at the age of 
62 years, 7 months, and 11 days. 

On Sept. 5, 1943, he was united in marriage with. 
Emma L. Garber, who survives-. To this union were born 
two children, Erlene and Allen. 

At an early age he accepted Christ as his Savior 
and at the time of his death was a member of the Old 
Brethren Church. 

Dad was a farmer as long as his health permitted 
and drove a truck until his health prevented, this also. 
About two years ago he became ill with a terminal di- 
sease from which he never fully recovered. He died 
with his family around him at Miami Valley Hospital, 
Dayton, Ohio. 

"He leaves to mourn his passing his wife,. Emma; 
daughter, Erlene; son, Allen and his companion, Juanita; 
and two grandchildren, Blaine and Corinne. Also his 
mother, Iva (Young)" Brumbaugh; one sister , Catherine 
(Mrs. Emanuel) Garber; one brother, Walter. His 
father Aaron* preceded him in death by only 10 days. 

We trust our loss is his eternal gain. 

Funeral services were conducted at 2:00p.m. 
Saturday, April 13 at the Old Brethren meetinghouse . 
near Bradford by the home brethren. Scriptures used 
were Psalm 103 and John 5:25-29. 

Burial was in the Mote Cemetery at Pittsburg, 

— The Family 

Why do we mourn departing friends, 

■Or shake at death 1 s alarms? 
! Tis but the voice that Jesus sends, 

To call them to His arms. 


— Isaac Watts 



The beginning of the church at Corinth is recorded 
in Acts 18. As was his custom,' Paul preached first in 
the synagogue. But when the Jews opposed him, he 
turned to the Gentiles.. God spoke to Paul there assur- 
ing him that he would not be hurt, that he should bold- 
ly speak the Word and that "I have much people in this 
city." Paul stayed there a year and six months. This 
was about A.D.. 52-53* 

Corinth was a city of about 400,000, commercially 
one of the most important cities of the Roman Empire. 
It lay on the Isthmus of Greece connecting the Pelopon- 
nesus to the main part of Greece. Two harbors served 
the city: to the west was Lechaeum and farther to the 
east was Cehchrea. Merchandise and sometimes even small 
ships were hauled across this isthmus from one harbor 
to the other saving the long journey around the penin- 
sula. Today a four mile canal connects the two gulfs 
across the isthmus. With such a location, Corinth 
prospered but also progressed in sin and idolatry. It 
was called "a renowned and voluptuous city, where the 
vices of East and West met." • 

HaHey writes in his Handbook: 

"About three years after Paul had left Corinth, 
while h- was in Ephesus, some 200 miles to the east, 
across the.. Agean Sea, doing the most marvelous work of 
all his marvelous life, a delegation of leaders of the 
Corinthian Church was sent to Ephesus to consult Paul 
about some very serious problems and disorders that had 
arisen in the Church. Then it was that Paul wrote this 
Letter (I Corinthians). He had written a previous 
Letter, now lost (5: 9) , possibly many of them. The two 
cities were on a busy trade route, with. ships plying 
between constantly. 

"Date: spring of A.D, 57> before Pentecost (16:8). 
He was planning to spend the following winter in Cor- 
inth (16:5-8), which he did (Acts 20;2 ..?>." Halley's 


Bible Handbook page 593* ~ r:: - 

The second letter to the Corinthians was written 
later the same year -(A. D; 57). From Paul's comments 
In this letter, it seems that he was on. his way to 
Corinth by land passing north along the. coast o.f Asia 
Minor and down through Macedonia visiting churches 
along the way. In Macedqnia he met Titus bearing the 
the news that the former letter had been effective in 
its admonition and correction of the church. He wrote 
the second. epistle with further admonition and encour- 
agement from Philippi In Macedonia and sent it by 
Titus and Luke. L.O. 



The following letter, was written by this sister just 
five dajT-s before she passed away from a heavy cold and 
complications. It was in January of 1885, Her letter 
appeared in the April, 1885 issue of The Vindicator . 


Dear Brother, I feel constrained by love to write 
a few words, if in my great weakness I can write any- 
thing worthy of notice. I feel as though we were not 
doing all we could do in our religious work, and I for 
one, feel my great weakness and shortcomings. I did 
not get to meeting much, this winter, that has caused 
a dying away. Oh, I doa r t see how some brethren and 
sisters can stay away from meeting so much, for it is 
our life. We so soon become weak and sickly and go to 
sleep, and it is pretty hard to get us awakened up 
again, I do. love to go to meeting and hear the gospel 
preached, and then it is so encouraging to meet with 
the dear brethren and sisters and hear them talk of 
heaven and heavenly things. That 

is one thing I think we come short in, we are so apt 
to talk of worldly things instead of the heavenly. Ohl 
could we only be more faithful I We are so prone to 
wander away from our God. But thanks be to him for 
his merciful kindness toward us, we can approach him 
in humble prayer and ask him to forgive us all our sins 



and shortcomings, and to grant us grace that we may- 
be more faithful* Now brethren and listers , pray ^ or 
me that. I may hold out faithful until death. From 

your unworthy sister. - . 

" — Lizzie Newcomer 

Quincy, Pennsylvania 

Mike Harper * s 
Mervln Hilty 1 s 
Kenneth Garber; 

Ernest Wagner : 

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BOWSER - A son, Jeremy Daniel born April 20th to 
Allan and Rhoda Bowser of Collins, Missippi. 


We of the Salida Congregation rejoiced greatly when 
another precious soul, Peter Cover, was received into 
our fellowship May 12 by a public confession of faith 
in Jesus Christ and Holy Baptism. May. he be faithful 
and helpful in the kingdom of God, 

-Joseph L. Cover 



We are told many times in the Fsalms to praise. 
"Praise God..,;" "Let them praise. . .;" "Enter into his 
courts with praise;" "I will praise thee with my whale 
heart;" "Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing, 
praises;" and so on. .Just what is praise? 

Praise begins in the inner realization of our 
hearts that God is a GREAT God,, the Supreme Deity, 
fearful, wonderful, and delightful. He is the Creator 
and Ruler of the universe. It is when we see He has 
power, all power, power to do anything He wishes. 
When we feel God T s immense mercy and love and see it 
working , then praise begins. 

We see how unfathomable God's being and character 
are, and we are filled with an irrepressible, inex- 
pressable joy. We feel like a balloon when it is 
being blown up. It gets fuller and fuller until it 
is about to burst. That is the feeling of praise. 

The actual praising comes when we try to express 
what we're feeling, seeing, and knowing. We might 
meet God in prayer to thank Him for what He is arid 
does and thank Him for showing Himself to us. We 
might rouse cur voices to sing, to singing hymris of 
thanksgiving, and hymns of honor and love to Him. 
Praising could include sharing with others what God 
is and what He means to us. We definitely must show 
our realization of what God is by our actions.. 

Since we are told so often in God T s Word to praise, 
it surely is an important and a. vital part of our 
lives. It is a feeling and expression every godly 
person must experience because praise comes from, 
knowing God. —Jolene Huffman 

Dayton, Ohio 

We' 1 11 crowd Thy gates with thankful songs, 
High as the heavens our voices raise; 
And earth, with her ten thousand tongues, 
Shall fill Thy courts -with sounding 

— Isaac Watts 


"Lessons From Nature 11 Series 


Strawberry shortcake, strawberry ice cream, straw- 
berry shakes, strawberry jam, and strawberry fruit 
salads; strawberries,, fresh and frozen and freeze- 
dried and stewed; strawberries on cereal, in puddings, 
with cream or in pies— how many hundreds of ways there 
must be to use strawberries I 

: Do you suppose mankind will, ever think of a new use 
for strawberries which God did not already know about 
when He invented the strawberry long ago? No, I be- 
lieve that when God made the first strawberry plant 
He knew all the possibilities that would come from it. 
In his eye of .wisdom He could see people working with 
tools and straw in their gardens, and with baskets and 
knives and crude earthenware or shining plastic con- 
tainers in their kitchens. He could see boys picking 
off the green stems from the juicy plump berries. and' 
popping them whole into their mouths to enjoy their 
delicious strawberry flavor. 

Why do we put straw. around strawberries? Actually 
the clean yellow straw serves several; purposes: it 
blocks out the sunlight to keep the weeds from growing; 
it lifts the strawberries up off the damp soil which 
would make them decay, and it makes it much easier 
for you to find the berries when you pick them, 

In the same way, the principles of truth which you 
are learning as a child will help protect you from the 
weeds and decay that would ham you. Like clean golden 
straw, the soft and gentle teachings of Jesus will 
lift you up above the evil of the world, making- it 
possible for your life to be fruitful for Him, 

— Stanley K . Brubaker 

THE PILGRIM' Sonora. Hal if. 

19201 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, Calif. 95379 


VOL. 32 JUNE, 1985 NO. 6 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2.ri 



March on, soul, with strength 

Like those strong men of old 
■Who against enthroned wrong 

Stood confident and bold; 
Who , thrust in prison or cast to flame , 
Still made their glory in the Name, 

The sons of fathers we 

By whom our faith is taught 
To fear no ill, to fight 

The holy fight they fought: 
Heroic warriors I never from Christ 
By any lure or guile enticed. 

March on, soul, with strength, 

As strong the battle rolls! 
Against lies and lusts and wrongs, 

Let courage rule our souls: 
In keenest strife, Lord, may we stand, 
Upheld and strengthened by Thy hand. 

Not long the conflict: soon 

The holy war shall cease, 
Faith ! s warfare ended, — won 

The home, of endless peace I 
Look up! the victor's crown at length: 
March on, soul, march on, with strength! 

—George T. Coster, 1900 

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As a boy, I trembled at the discipline of my father. 
He was not cruel and he was fair, but he meant what he 
said. A number of times, my brother and I disobeyed 
or quarrelled, and we felt the switch or the hand of 
correction. At the time I felt that it was my worst 
experience; nothing in my sheltered boyhood days could 
match it for producing terror and repentence — and 
obedience « As I look back, it was probably the best 
thing that could have happened to me when I was naughty. 

Much is said today about discipline — discipline at 
home, in school, and in the church. The teachers and 
wise men of the world have vacillated in their teach- 
ing — emphasizing one time extreme leniency and another 
strictness bordering on cruelty. But discipline in 
God T s sight is the same: it is training for obedience. 
Discipline Is not all punish nerit, and the need for 
strictness varies with situations and individuals. 

V. Raymond Edman has this to say in his opening 
paragraph of The Disciplines of Life: "Discipleship 
means r discipline I ' The disciple is that one who has 
been taught or trained by the Master, who has come with 
his ignorance , superstition, and sin, to find learning, 
truth, and forgiveness from the Saviour, Without dis- 
cipline we are not' '-disciples, even though we profess 
His Name and pass for followers of ttes lowly Nazarene* 
In an undisciplined age when liberty and license have 
replaced lav/ and loyalty, there is greater need than 
ever before that we be disciplined to be His disciples. 11 
(Copyright 1948, Scripture Press Foundation) 

How does this come about? We know how our parents 
discpilined us. We also see very vividly -how the Lord 
disciplined His people under the old covenant. They 
were taught and punished "on the spot" as Hebrews 2:2 
says, "...Every transgression and disobedience received 
a just recompence of reward." Verse 3 continues, "How 
shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation..." 


This seems to Indicate that we could neglect now when 
we should be learning— and suffer later for itl God has 
commanded all men every where to repent, (See Acts 
17*30,31) Jesus invites us to come, find rest, take His 
yoke "and learn of me. n But God does not violate our 
free will. He offers us His life, but if we refuse we 
must know the alternatives. 

In view of this offer, we see that God has a course 
or way of life for us. His methods of discpline include 
the instruction of His Word and the power of the Spirit 
applying the Word in our lives. He uses our parents 
first, then the school, the church, and our friends 
and families and even the harsh world around us as 
instruments of this training. But to a large degree, 
It is up to us. There is a sense in which God f s dis- 
cipline or training becomes self-discipline because of 
our freedom to choose to learn the lessons or refuse 
and be ignorant. Poor discipline shows. The. puppy 
that chews the washing on the line is obviously undis- 
ciplined. So is the child who throws a temper tantrum 
in Safeway. It shows in men and women. If we are 
careless in our stewardship of time talents, or dollars, 
xve are undisciplined. If we always have to have our 
own way to be happy, we are undisciplined. If we con- 
tinually hurt others by our words or actions, we are 
undisciplined. Only if we show it by our obedience to 
God can we claim to be disciples of Jesus. 

Good discipline also shows. When we cheerfully obey 
God even when it means self-denial, it is apparent to 
those around us. Who doesn*t like to see an obedient 
dog skillfully herd a flock of sheep. How good it is 
to see a roomful of obedient children doing their 
lessons or playing 'together cheerfully. So i s it also 
pleasant to see a trim, healthy body, the result of 
discipline in eating and. exercise. 

Good discipline is not inborn; we must learn it. In 
one sense, that is what our time on earth is for. How 
is this desireable discipline developed? What methods 
does God, the Master Teacher use in the school of life? 
One way we learn is from suffering. Even Jesus 


(though my human mind cannot grasp it) learned from 
suffering, " Though he were a Son, yet learned he 
obedience by the things which he suffered. 1 * Read 
Hebreitfs 5:7-9* It teaches us that this is the way 
Jesus became our Saviour. Saul, the legalist Pharisee, 
became the useful disciple Paul as he yielded to the 
discipline of God through suffering. God told Ananias 
who baptised Saul, "For I will show him how great things 
he must suffer for my names sake." My dear uncle, help- 
less and speechless for over fifteen years, but a monu- 
ment of patience, commented that patience' comes in time* 
Suffering Is a good teacher. "...But we glory In 
tribulations also: knowing that tribulation, worketh 
patience..." (Romans 5:3) '•- - 

Me learn by law. The laws of the land have pre- 
scribed penalties. If you are caught speeding, you 
must pay the fine, Though we are justified freely by 
God T s grace, we are never "without law to God, but 
under the law to Christ." (See I Cor. 9: 21) Soldiers 
are under strict rules, and they learn good discipline 
in the army setting. They stand straight and walk 
straight, keep neat and clean, and learn to obey orders 
instantly and without question. Paul .writes, "Where- 
fore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto 
Christ, that we might be justified by faith.' 1 

We learn by Imitation. I Peter 2:21, "...Christ 
also suffered far.: us, leaving us an example, that we 
should follow his steps." Many have set up Abraham 
Lincoln as a man to imitate because his life had such 
an Impact on the American freedoms. But our perfect 
example Is Jesus Christ the very author and finisher 
of our faith. The more we are like Him, the more dis- 
ciplined our life becomes. 

We learn by repetition. It is said that when we 
learn the definition of a new word, that word is useful 
to us only after we have used it in conversation three 
times, s o It is with our conduct. We may,knoxv a prin- 
ciple of conduct by definition. But not until wq have 
demonstrated it in our experiences can we claim vie are 
obedient to it, Jesus says repeatedly, "If ye love me, 


keep my commandments. 11 We learn by doing. 

In conclusion, discipline, like anything else 
worthwhile, does not just happen. If you see a green 
beautiful ^ orderly yard, you know someone worked at it. 
If you see a disciplined, orderly, life, you also can 
be sure somebody was trying. God teaches us, but we 
must learn. Let us pray with David the writer of Psalm 
143j "Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God... 
Quicken me, Lord for thy name's sake.. .for I am thy 

servant ft — L.C. 


After Jesus had been tempted of the devil forty days, 
He returned in the power of the Spirit. into Galilee: 
and He came to Nazareth, and as His custom was, He went 
unto the synagogue on the sabbath- day. And there was 
delivered unto Him the book (or scroll) of the prophet 
Isaiah. !, And when he had opened the book, he .found the 
place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is 
upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gos- 
pel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken- 
hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and • 
recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty 
them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year 
of the Lord. And he closed the book and gave it again 
to the minister, ,and sat doxvn. And the eyes of all 
them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him, 
And he began to say unto them, This day is this scrip- 
ture fulfilled in your ears. 11 (Luke 4:14-21) 

Then in Isaiah 61: 2, where Jesus had been reading, 
it continues, "'...And the day of vengeance of our God; 
to comfort all that morn; To appoint unto them that 
mourn in Zion to give unto them beauty for ashes, the 
oil of .joy ^ or mourning, the garment' of praise for the 
spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of 
righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might 
be glo rified .' ' 

Dear fellow Christian, is there not a cause to have 




joy and praise our Saviour and Creator? To think, we 
were lost in sin, but Jesus found us and saved us and 
now comes in and dwells with us and gives us peace. He 
has invited us to cast all our cares upon Him. He says 
over and over to us, "Aski Ask that your joy may be 
fulli Prove me (or test me) and see if I will not pour 
you out a blessing." 

The Christian life is sweet if lived in harmony with y 
God's will." But a life of discord, self will, fear, envy, 
doubts, and defeats will blind, cripple," and- destroy us. 
Happiness and contentment is found when. there is union 
with our Saviour, a union .that gets richer and fuller, 
until we long to live in the glorified state, etjrnally 
with our Lord. But humility must be learned, which 
teaches us that we are not sufficient of ourselves. 
If we are to be successful in the spiritual life, we 
must depend upon Him and follow His example who humbled 
Himself by living a life of utter obedience to His 
Father. (Phil. 2:5-8) 

But what about trials, disappointments, griefs, when 
it seems that everything is falling apart, and we can- 
not see our way? Here again Jesus Is our example. 
"Though He were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the 
things which he suffered." "Hast thou not known? hast 
thou not heard, that the everlasting God, The Lord, the 
Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither 
is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. 
He ffiveth power to the faint; and to them that have no 
might he increaseth strength » Even the youths shall 
faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their 
strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they 
shall run, . and not be weary; and they shall walk, a,nd 
not faint." (isa, 40:28-31) 

In all of Job T s trials and losses he said, "Naked 
came I out -of my mother 1 s womb, and naked shall I return 
thitheEt The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; 
blessed be the name of the Lord, In all this Job sinned 
not, nor charged God foolishly," (Job 1:21-22) 

Listen to the words of David: "I —-'hod rrtiently 


for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. 
• He brought me up also out of an horrible pit., out of 
the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and estab- 
lished my goings. And he hath put a new song in .my 
mouthy even praise unto our God: many shall see it and 
fear j and shall trust in the Lord." (Psalm 40:1-3) 

Here are the words of Habakkuk which show faith and 
/ praise: "Although the fig tree shall not blossom, 

neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labor of the 
olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; 
the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there 
shall be no herd in the stalls.: yet I will rejoice in 
the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The 
L ord God is m^ strength 3 and he will make my feet like 
hinds feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high 
places'." (Habakkuk 3:17-19) 

Listen to the song of Paul and Silas in the inner 
prison, their backs beaten and ■ bleeding, their feet 
fast In stocks: "And at midnight Paul and Silas 
prayed , and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners 
heard them." (Acts 16:22-25) 

Hear the word of Paul: "...I am exceeding joyful in 
all our tribulation. 11 (II Cor. 7:4) "...We. glory in 
tribulations also... 11 (Rom. 5:3) Therefore I take 
pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, 
in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for 
when I am weak, then am I strong." 

Peter says: "Beloved, think it not strange concern- 
ing the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some 
strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice 3 inasmuch 
as ye are partakers of Christ 1 s sufferings..." (I Pet* 


And James says, "My brethren, count it all joy when 
ye fall into divers (many) temptations." (James 1:2) 

Now comes the question! How could all these exam- 
ples of being joyful, of rejoicing, of praising the 
Lord in adverse conditions be? I believe the answer 
to this lies in their faith and love for their Lord. 
They had sold out to Him; He came first in their lives. 
Tiny had counted not their own life dear unto them. 


They had learned in whatsoever state they were, to be 
content. ' They were willing and glad to suffer for 
Him j knowing that He had suffered much for them. 
They felt His power and peace. 

What an example for us in this lukewarm agel tr 0h 
that men would praise the Lord for his goodness , and 
for his wond erful works to the children of men!" 
(Ps, 107:8) Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me... tf 
(Ps. 50:23) "I will bless the Lord at all times: his 
praise shall continually be in my mouth. " (Ps* 34:11) 
Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises 
unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is come- 
ly." (Ps. 147:1) sing unto the Lord a new song; 
for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, 
and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory. The 
Lord hath made known his salvation: his righteous- 
ness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heath- 
en. He hath remembered- his mercy and his truth to- 
wards the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth 
have seen the salvation of our God. Make a joyful 
noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, 
and rejoice, and sing praise." (Psalm 98:1-4) 

In Christian Love, 

Kenneth Garber Long Barn, California 


God wants to hear' praise and thanksgiving from 
His Creation. The birds and animals are unchanged. 
But man has degenerated badly. The angels went to 
Sodom to see if it was altogether like the sound that 
came from there. The mob that gathered at Lot ! s 
house justified their destruction the next day. 
Nineveh repented and was spared, What kind of a 
sound do you believe is going up from the earth 

— Ernest Wagner 

Modesto, California 

:he pilgrim 


The History of the Music 

Man is basically a musical being. Not only is he 
surrounded by the music and rhythms of nature, but even 
his biological functions are based on certain syncopa- 
tions , timings rhythms, and cycles. 

Music undoubtedly originated in heaven as the crea- 
tion of God before the foundation of the world. We read 
in Job 3S:4-7,, "Where wast thou when I laid the found- 
ations of the earth,. .when the morning stars sang to- 
gether?" But it was obviously carried by the devil 
into hell when he fell. Much music is closer to heaven 
or hell than it is to anything in this world, although 
a large part of It has so much to do with the things 
of the here and now that there simply is no description 
for it other than "worldly. " 

People are expressing themselves by the type of 
music they find themselves drawn to. Music in turn - 
has an uncanny ability to affect one's feelings, moods, 
emotions, thoughts, philosophy, morality, and spirit- 

When rock music first appeared in the 1950 l s, It was 
a sort of country and western music with a blues influ- 
ence. The blues artists trace their roots directly 
back to Satan-worshiping tribes in Africa. The fur- 
ther rock music has "progressed," the stronger the 
blues overtones have become. 

So much is this true, that when a missionary's son 
in Africa was listening to this type of music, the 
natives to whom the missionary was ministering came 
to him and aske^, "Why is your son calling up the evil 
spirits?" They could easily recognize the roots and 
spirit of the music they had heard. It has been said 
that you can trace the downfall of any society by the 
degeneration of its music. This would be true of 
churches also. 

. The Physical Effects of Rock Music 

Music j like man, is made up of three fundamental 



P arts: melody , which is the most creative part; har - 
mony, which is the arrangement of chords in support 
of the melody; and ' rhythm , which Is the foundation of 
all. Music affects us in three ways. The melody af- 
fects our spirit, the harmony our psychological drives, 
and the rhythm our physical being. 

If the melody rises too high or fast, it will create 
tension, unfulfillment and/or frustation, If It falls 
too sharply or fast, it will tend to develop depression 
and despair* Rock music fluctuates from one of these 
extremes to the other, while true Christian music stays 
in the middle of the road between them, 

Tho narmony relates to our soul and affects our psy- 
chological drives,, If there Is an overplay on disso- 
nance^ It produces rebellion and confusionin the 
hearers. On the other hand, too much consonance re- 
sults in showmanship and gushy sentimentality* . Again, 
while rock music generally capitalizes on dissonance, 
the part of it that doesn T t overemphasizes consonance. 
The traditional music of the church, on the other hand, 
has always avoided these two extremes. 

- Rhythm, which affects our physical drives, is like 
the pulse of the body: if there is none, the music is 
dead; if it throbs, the music is sick; and if it is 
even and consistent but concealed, the music is, healthy* 
The rhythm of rock usually has a throbbing beat. Too 
much repetition leans toward sensuality, and too much 
variation leads toward destraction. Again, rock n r roll 
fluctuates from one extreme to the other, while time 
Christian' music stays in the middle of the road. 

Another element of rock music is great volume. Vol- 
ume is measured in ..decibels. Anything over ?0 decibels 
is considered harmful to the body. Rock music is, by 
definition, lT music that is played consistently between 
100 and 116 decibels. 1 . 1 

Your ear is equipped with 20,000 sensory hairs. 
these eventually break off by moving back and forth. 
They never replace themselves. Since these hairs aid 
in the hearing process, by the time a person has reached 
70, under normal circumstances enough of these hairs 


are missing 'to render. him somewhat hard of hearing. 
Via rock music > teens today have lost as many of these 
sensory hairs at 16 as their grandparents have lost 
by age 65-. 

The Message of the Music 

Rebellion seems to be the most consistently under- 
lying message of rock music. This is what gives rise 
to continual reference by rock performers and their fans 
to perverted sex styles and drug abuse, often in lan- 
guage not understood by parents. 

In II Peter 2:3 we read, ,T and through covetousness 
shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you." 
This is exactly what the rock stars are doing to young 

* The Philosophy of the Music 

The v/riter of Proverbs said long ago that as a man 
thinks in his heart, so he is. 

What does this have to do with music? Listen to the 
hymns of the church. What do you hear? Harmony, co- 
herence, rhythm, and unity. The hymn writer is saying 
in effect that there is design, purpose, and meaning 
behind creation. There is a Creator. Life has di- 
rection. Those" who listen to hard rock hear just the 
opposite: confusion, discord, and offbeat. The under- 
lying message is that there is no God: we are products 
of chance; life has no meaning; there are no absolutes; 
all morality depends on the circumstances surrounding 
the situation; and nothing is right or wrong in itself. 
This is the underlying philosophy of rock music, in- 
cluding so-called -Christian rock. 

The real message of rock music is anti Christ, no 
matter what the lyrics may say. Christian rock is a 
contradiction of terms. One may as well talk about a 
sober drunk, or an honest thief, as to talk about 
"Christian" rock. 

Since this music is of a more unstructured style, it 
tends to rob the listener of mental and emotional 
structure in his life. 

The Israelites made a mistake in the calf worship 
recorded in I Kings 12:25-33 - They were deceive^ ±% ! -,o 


thinking they were still worshiping God, but in a new 
way, Observances were still held during the same time 
of the year but , instead of at Jerusalem, at Ban; In- 
stead of In the temple, at a high place j and with 

a new, non-Levitical priesthood using the medium of 
the golden calves. No doubt, worshiping God was the 
idea behind the calf worship first instituted at the 
foot of Mt» Sinai (Exodus 32), but it will not do. to 
worship God in our own way. We must stay within the 
principles of His Word, 

"Christian" rock music violates Bible principles in 
the following ways • 

1. It confuses the sacred with the secular * 
"Christian" rock defies the Biblical command "Be ye 
separate," and It admits that it draws no line between 
the secular and the sacred. Promoters of "Christian" 
rock try to place rock in the morally neutral zone 
(where, as we saw earlier ^ it does not belong). As a 
result, many churches are being filled with many peo- 
ple who are "culturally no different from the un-Chrlst- 
ian society around them. They have never made a clean 
break with the world's system, and tragically, they 
see no need to do so. In II Corinthians 6:1?-, the 
Bible says, "Wherefore come out from among them, and 

be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the un- 
clean thing, and I will receive you " 

2, It presents a' false perspective of the Christian 
life. The idea it promotes is that the Christian life 
requires no real change in 'the forms of pleasure and 
entertainment pursued. It identifies with the same 
lifestyle and musical taste of the rock culture with 
an "add Jesus to your bag" philosophy* 

3* "Christian" rock Is basically sensuous in nature 
and intent. It uses a beat and sound which the secu- 
lar world associates with promiscuous sex. 

4. -It is physically and psychologically damaging — 
as is any other rock music. 

In order to avoid the dangers of rock music, we 
need to keep our hearts in tune with God so that we 
appreciate the structure and harmonious singing in our 


churches. An appreciation for country and western 
music and those singing groups who are strongly influ- 
enced by their techniques has a tendency to lead peo- 
ple into the rock music camp, 
By Max Wood Adapted from Barborton Rescue 

Mission News by The Christian Example 
Selected by Stanley K. Brubaker 


In this brief study of the history of the Epistles 
of Paul, we find the date of the writing of the letter 
to the Galatians hard to determine, Halley says that 
the traditianal date is A.D, 57 but that Is after the 
Jerusalem Council recorded in Acts 15/ The Issues 
settled In the Jerusalem Council (the requirements for 
Gentile Christians) are similar, to the issues' Paul 
wrote about to the Galatians, and should have quieted 
the Jewish legalist stirring up the Christians there. 
So some think It more likely written about A.D, 49 from 
Antiooh before the Jerusalem Council in A,D* 50, 

Galatia was a region or Roman Province — not a city. 
It Included the cities of Iconium, Lystra, Derbe, and 
probably PIsidian Antioch, Paul made, many Christian 
converts in Galatia, At Lystra the people wanted to 
honor Paul and Barnabas by calling them gods and offer- 
ing sacrifice to them, which, of course, the apostles 
did not allow. Bat when Jews came from Antioch and 
Iconium they easily persuaded these, same people against 
Paul and they stoned him. It appears from Acts 14:20 
that God simply raised him up, and he left the city the 
next day. 

This changeableness or susceptibility to persuasion 
may even be a key to their problem, Paul writes in Gel- 
ations 1:6 "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from 
him 'that called you into the grace of Christ unto an- 
other gospel, 11 Read this Epistle to find the Christian 1 s 


relationship to the Jewish law. Let us be steadfast 
in the faith and not "tossed to and fro by every wind 
of doctrine.' 1 We can learn, if we will, from the mis- 
takes of Christians in the past. — L.C. 


The following, from the April, 1885, Vindicator, is 
part of the obituary of a three month old child. These 
few words express the hope of a better world In the 
hearts of the brethren a century ago* 

..♦Thus attending three funerals in ten days brings 
the subject of our mortality much into thought-. Some 
people say they are "in the land of the living. 11 Me- 
thinks they mistake. Why, we are in the land of the 
dying surely. But if we are or become the true chil- 
dren of God by faith and obedience in Christ Jesus, we 
shall be brought into the land of the living. The 
Scriptures say in that better world, that "new heaven 
and new earth," they die no more, "Let us arise and 
go hence." 

— D. B, Hentzer, Waynesboro. Pennsylvania 
February 19, 1885 

Selected by John Schonwald 


Do you know the love of Jesus? 
Do you know He loves you so? 
Do you know that He sends blessings 
To us mortals here below? 

Do you kribw that Jesus loves you? 
Do you know He knows you well? 
He knows how we love each other 
And can read our minds as well. 

Can you know the love of Jesus? 
Why, of course, you surely can. 
You should read the Bible daily; 
It reveals God's love for ma.n. 

— Linda Wagner ? Bradford, Ohio 




The doctor stepped out of the hospital room after 
checking on one of his patients and walked toward the 
desk, "You girls have been giving Mr, Smith excellent 
care, 11 he said to the nurses who were nearfcy. Instant- 
ly cheerful looks replaced weary conntenances, steps 
were lighter, the day seemed brighter, and efforts 
were redoubled to do the work well. 

Have you ever seen an encouraging "word" have similar 
effects on a person or group of people? I have, numer- 
ous times, and not only where I r m employed, but when 
spoken by a parent to a child, a friend to a friend, 
a teacher to a student. Who of us can say that we 
don r t appreciate and even need an occasional word of 
encouragement? Most of us are aware, at least to some 
extent, of our failures and inadequacies. Therefore 
when another person can overlook those faults and 
affirm one of our strengths, It gives our morale a lift! 

Why then, if xve're aware of the effect of encour- 
aging words, don't we express them more often? Are we 
afraid that by pointing out another's accomplishment or 
victory our own weakness in that area might be magni- 
fied? Maybe we are simply too lazy to put our thoughts 
into words. There is no doubt that our society would 
be different if each of us were to give a word of en- 
couragement of affirmation every time we were tempted 
to make an unkind or derogatory remark. I want to be 
the kind of person who builds up rather than tears 
down, who offers hope rather than discouragement , and 
who promotes good-will, not malice or despair. 

How often do I pass up an opportunity to encourage? 

How often do you? T _. , . 

— Jean Martin 

Goshen, Indiana 

Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify 
one another even as also ye do. 

I Thessalonians 5:11 


"Lessons From Nature' 1 Series 


Did you know there is an animal in South America 
which spends most of its time hanging upside down in 
trees? The sloth is strange in many ways. It has an 
odd appearance ^ with almost no tail or ears, and with 
a blunt nose. . Its grayish hair is long and coarse. 
Sometimes green algae grows on the sloth , making it 
look like the stump of a .broken off tree branch. And, 
of course, God gave the sloth special hooklike claws 
so it can be more comfortable as it hangs upside down 
for days at a time, moving slowly through the "trees 
as it eats leaves, twigs, and buds. In fact, their 
claws are so well designed that a sloth may even hang 
in a tree for a while after it dies* 

Sloths yave two other interesting characteristics: 
they sleep" In the daytime, and they move very slowly. 
Because of this, we use the word slothful to describe 
people who sleep when they should be working, or who 
move so slowly that they hardly get any job finished. 
A slothful person finds it hard to begin a job — he 
would rather relax or do something more enjoyable to 
him than working. And after he starts, he has a hard 
time keeping at his work. Any little thing can side- 
track him. He seemingly works harder at getting out of 
Work than at doing the work, and would rather make 
excuses than progress. 

Anyone who thiriks a slothful person can be truly 
happy should read Proverbs 24:30-34* Ke will see that 
the fruit of the slothful marvs habits is only poverty 
and disappointment, Let's flee slothfulness. Let's 
get out of bed with- a purpose, and work with a Willi 

, — Stanley K. Brubaker 

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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which; war against th&spul.". i Reter 2-n 


I look to Thee in every need 

And never look in u vain ; 
I feel Thy strong rand, tender love , 

And all is well again: 
The "thought of Thee is mightier far 
Than sin and pain and sorrow are. 





Discouraged in the work of life, 

Disheartened by its load, 
Shamed by its failures or its fears, 

I sink beside the road; • 
But let me only think of Thee, 
And then new heart springs up in me, 

■Thy calmness bends serene above 

My restlessness to still; 
Around me. flows the quickening life, 

To nerve jny faltering will; 
Thy presenee fills my solitude; 
Thy providence turns. all to good. 

Embosomed deep in Thy dear love. 

Held in Thy law, I stand; 
Thy hand in. all things I behold, 

And all things in Thy hand; 
Thou leadest me by unsought ways, 
And turn'st my mourning into praise, 

— Samuel Longfellow 

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A vivid illustration of Jesus shining through His 
people is found at Point Reyes, California, just north 
of San Francisco. This triangle of land juts out into 
the sea, a rocky hazard to ships sailing off shore 
seeking the San Francisco bay entrance, n the Golden 
Gate." Besides this, Point Reyes (Punta de los Reyes, 
the Point of the Kings) is said to be the windiest 
point on the west coast and the foggiest light station 
in the United States, "Point Reyes has destroyed 
approximately 40 vessels in the 400 years since Euro- 
peans first saw it." But on "this rocky headland stands 
a lighthouse, and here is the illustration of Jesus, 
the light of the world. 

The lighthouse was, installed in 1870 and served till 
1975 when it was replaced by more modern equipment. It 
was the unique design of this light that enabled it to 
beam a light every 5 seconds 16 miles out to sea to 
warn sailors of the danger and to enable them to locate 
their position. The light itself was produced by burn- 
ing highly refined lard oil on 4 large round, concen- 
tric wicks. This in turn was magnified and focused by 
over 1000 pieces of glass — lenses and prisms. These 
were precisely positioned in a cylinder (about 4 feet 
across by 8 feet high) that rotated slowly around the 
light and sent beams from 24 panels of lenses in all 
directions. As this giant, 3 ton cylinder of lenses 
turned, the beams passed over the water and, from a 
ship, seemed to flaSh every 5 seconds. The position of 
the lenses and prisms was important, for they all must 
work together to focus the light so it could reach out 
far enough to be effective. 

Hoy/ like this lighthouse is the Christian church i 
Jesus is the source of light. But each member is 
placed in a critical position. Each has a place to fill, 
If the place is not filled or positioned correctly, the 


•light is diminished. Perhaps someone in peril will not 
be reached . 

There is danger in the world today. Many have been 
shipwrecked on the rocks of materialism, doubt, moral 
corruption, strife, and bitterness. How does the true 
light shine to illuminate- and warn in each of these 
areas? What is the Christians T s part in warning of 
these dangers? ' _ " 

Materialism, This is a rock that lies just beneath 
the surface of the water. It appears safe. We are in- 
clined to credit the goodness of God in providing so 
many wonderful things for us to use In this world. This 
is true, but just below the surface lie the rocks of. 
materialism in which we become attached to the things 
of this world. The true light beams across the water: 
"Set your affection on things above, not on things of 
the earth. " . (Colossians 3:2) "Lay not up for yourselves 
treasures on earth... 11 (Matthew 6:19) "But seek ye 
first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness... 1 '. 
(Matthew 6:33) To transmit this light our attitudes 
and affections and possessions must be in accordance, 
with our profession as followers of Jesu-s. 

Doubt. Here is a rocky point that is much of the 
time, shrouded in fog. The theories of the origin of 
the universe and the criticism of God [ s Word are de- 
signed by the adversary to cloud the issues and dis- 
credit the truth. Young people, especially, being 
confronted perhaps for the first time with these clouds 
can soon become shipwrecked on the rocks of doubt. The 
true light shines powerfully, piercing this fog and. 
testifying, "I am the way, the truths and the life: 
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John. 14:6) 
"...Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. 11 
(John 18:37) "That if thou shalt confess with thy 
mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart 
that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be 
saved." (Romans 10:9) If we would transmit a beam of 
light to warn of the danger of doubt, we must ourselves 
be firm believers in the truth. To argue with the 
theories of the world is mostly ineffective, l/\t to 


stand on the Word of God will work* "The entrance of 
thy words giveth light: it giveth understanding unto 
-the simple." (Psalm 119:130) 

Moral corruption. This rock protrudes boldly from 
the sea with. "a strong current carrying vessels toward 
it. Moral corruption tempts the carnal weaknesses of 
man, and to be wrecked upon it we need only drift with 
the current. We will have the approval of the world 
and the many who are also caught up in the same current , 
The true beajn of the light of the Word of God proclaims 
that God does not change His mind. What was wrong and 
corrupt 100 years ago is ctill wrong today. In this 
context Proverbs 7:2 reads , "Keep my commandments, and 
live; and my law as the apple of thine eye." (6:2?): 
"Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not 
be burned?" "For out of the heart proceed' evil thoughts, 
murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, 
blasphemies," (Matthew 15:19) To give a light and a 
warning regarding this danger we must be pure and holy, 
cleansed in Jesus blood, and not compromise with sin. 
loung people, stem the tide of temptation, not only to 
avoid shipwreck but to please God and have His peace' 
and blessing. 

Strife. How many whole churches have been wrecked 
on this ugly rock! How much loss in time, in peace, and 
and in the souls of men! Send the light of the love 
of the Lord Jesus Christ to steer the vessels clear of 
these rocks. "•••See* that ye love one another with a 
pure heart fervently." (I Peter 1:22) "Great peace 
have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend 
them." (Psalm 119:165) "Let nothing be done through 
strife or vainglory: but in lowliness of mind let each 
esteem other better than themselves." (Philippians 2:3) 
Perhaps the best warning we can give about this danger 
is to be peaceable and kind ourselves* 

Bitterness. This is an ugly rock that harms us when 
we react to people, circumstances,- or God r s correction. 
Perhaps we think we have it harder than others. Perhaps 
we resent criticism or the chastening of 'God, and the 
rocks of bitterness appear about to wreck us, Ths 


warning of the light of God's Word shines brightly: 
"Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clammour, 
and 'evil speaking, be put away from you, with all mal- 
ice ." (Ephesians 4:31) "Looking diligently lest any 
man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitter- 
ness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be 
defiled" (Hebrews 12:15) 

The Point Reyes light has saved many vessels sines 
1870, But it was a lonely, difficult post for the 
lightkeepers. None of the workers wanted to be sent 
there. There was glass to polish, the works to wind 
every 2 hours > coal to shovel (140 pounds per hour of 
operation) to keep the steam-operated fog horn sounding, 
and there was the ceaseless wind and fog. 

In your Christian life perhaps you can think of some 
comparisons here, too. Does your place sometimes seem 
difficult — beyond your power of endurance? We have a 
job to do, a warning to give out, a place to fill — and 
a mighty God to support us, a loving Saviour to supply \ 
the grace, and the Holy Spirit to give us strength. The 
lonely places and' hard tasks are sometimes the most im- 
portant ones. One of our hymns says: 

Faithful to thy post, oh, brother, 
Thy profession, hold it fast; 
Thou must work and not another, 
Stand thou firm unto the last. 

May we as Christians be beacons sounding the warn- 
ings, showing the light of Jesus, so that souls sailing 
life's sea may also find that "Golden Gate 1 ' of God's 
glorious rest. 

Christian Brethren, do we see 

Dangers threatening you and me; 

Rocks and fog of sin and wrong, 

Robbing us of joy and song? 

Do we walk the Christian way, 

Lights for Jesus every day? 

Only thus can Brethren show 

Rocks and reefs that hide below. 

Give the Word! Send the Light I — L.C. 



These words were not used on our coins until quite 
some time after this nation was founded. But I ! m sure 
the founders were God-fearing men, and trusted in the 
higher Power, 

How about us as members of the body of Christ? Do 
we really trust In the Lord in our everyday walk in 
life? Yes, I believe we do. But maybe we could trust 
a little more, especially in these last and dark days. 
Proverbs 3:5 says, ''Trust in the Lord with all thine 
heart.. J 1 Job said, "Though he slay me, yet will I 
trust in him..." (Job 13:15) 

In President Reagan 1 s book In God I Trust , he says 
his mother took her two sons to church every Sunday, 
He didn r t think so much about it at the time, but- 
later in life he was sure that had an impact on his 
life. He said whatever days x>rere left for him would 
be for the Lord. He also said that he felt called of 
the Lord to be the leader of this nation. 

We can be thankful that we have leaders that are 
God-fearing men. 

When we lose .our loved ones in death we really do 
notice it. But it should cause us to have more faith 
and trust in the Lord, not less. Can we say, "Here 
Lord take me and make me what Thou wouldst have me be, 
and I T 11 completely trust in Thee"? 

How about these people that came over on the May- 
flower and the Brethren that cajne later? Pm sure "they 
trusted in the Lord that they would arrive safely. They 
had much to be thankful for when they arrived in a new 
land where they could worship the Lord according to 
the New Testament. 

So it is with us today. We should completely trust 
in Him whatever comes and say, "Lord, Thy will be done." 
"In thee, Lord, do I put my trust; let me never be 
ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness." .(Psalm 31:1) 

When we work for someone, we want to do it like the 
boss wants it. And if we do, he feels he can trust us 
to do it right. 

We are disciples or ambassadors for Christ, and I'm 


sure He trusts us to do His bidding. He s^ys, "If ye 
love me j keep my commandments. 11 And I ? m. sure that He 
trusts that we will. So therefore we should trust Him 
at all times and really believe in Him, that He doeth 
all things well. Amen. 

If I trust In the Lord 
And His bidding do 
I'm sure He will bless me 
So I'll always be true 

To Him and His Word 

In this life to the end, 

And I T 11 say, n Thy will be done, 

Lord, Saviour, and Friend." 

In Christian Love, 
John C. Wray 
Modesto, California 


It is with praise and thanksgiving to our loving 
Father in heaven that we write this to each dear bro- 
ther and sister in the Lord Jesus. 

First a thank you to each one who has supported and 
helped in any way with the work of the Lord here in 
Brazil. A special, thanks for the Spiritual help 
(prayers, advice, encouragement, visits here to assist, 
etc.). We again extend an invitation for each one to 
come visit and assist us. Come stay for a week, a 
year or m«n*e, No length of time is too long. Even 
come In and surprise us; we don't need to know ahead 
as the accomadations are plentiful and good. Thanks 
again to our Father for it all. 

When we first moved here to Brazil, we, of course, 
had our family devotions and worship as usual and also 
attended the public worship services frequently of 
two other denominations. A short time later we held 
public worship services jointly with two families of 


the one 'denomination . Approximately eight months later 
these two families moved away, and we were again at- 
tending the public worship services- of the other denom- 
ination occassionally. After a short period of time 
we received a letter from the brethren in the eastern 
United States encouraging us to conduct our own public 
worship service. We then started having public worship 
services in our houses each Lord r s day. From that 
time to now the Father has blessed beyond our expect- 
ations and dreams, and would have without a doubt blest 
much more had we been more diligent and faithful* 

' As time went on the work began to center in the town 
of Rio Verde (Green Rive,r)»: The worship service was 
held at different places and different tmes. Sometimes 
services were conducted in a horse about like yours 
and ours, only smaller; other tidies in a hauncho (stick 
house with a dirt floor); othex* times worshipping out- 
side of the stick house holding candles around a bon 
fire under the stars and moon, because there were too 
many friends and neighbors for all of us to get into' 
the little hauncho.. Another time on a lord T s day after- 
noon we met along a. country road outside of town under 
two or three large Mango trees for public worship ser- 
vices as- we had no house offered. Brethren, it has 
been a blessed experience only outshined by the new 
birth the Father has given us. Then there was one 
public worship service each month conducted at our 
house on the farm.. At this time we are only worshipping 
publicly in town each Lord's day. 

In the month of April, 1984 , we acquired a house and 
lot in Rio Verde for a regular meeting place. On April 
29> 1984, in the afternoon we met. there for the first 
worship service. It was a short dedication service to 
our Father in Heaven. We are now meeting at 7 o'clock 
each Lord T s day evening. During the week there is a 
■sing service at our house or one of the neighbor's one 

The second Lord ! s day of each month there also is a 
short service at the prison and another at the old 
folks 1 home. This is usually mostly singing as neither 


place has a chapel, The service at the prison started 
when a young man who was put in prison and his mother 
requested that we gather and have a worship service for 
him and the other prisoners. The guards and prisoners 
request that we come more often. One of the Military- 
Police at the prison asked if we couldn't come there 
for worship each Lord's day as it helps the spirits of 
the prisoners so much. This Policeman when on duty 
sings with us and occassionally selects a hymn for us 
to sing together* Some of the prisoners join In with 
the singing also. They tell us it takes a long time 
for the next month to come. We are sorry and sad to 
report to you we have not been able to meet the request 
of the M.P. and prisoners for a service at the prison 
each Lord's day, becaus.e of the other requests that 
need to be honored. We plead for assistance! We have 
much good help and assistance, but most of the3e. people 
have not yet been born again and are still wanting to 
learn and receive more light themselves. They are 
looking to us (you and and we haven r t been able to 
or haven't kept up with it all. 

©le fourth Lord's day we visit and sing at the 
children^ home. After we sing, then the children at 
the home sing .some of their Christian hymns to us. We 
also visit and sing in homes that have invited us to ■ 
do so. The other two Lord's days we usually have one 
or more requests to visit in people's homes that we 
try to honor. 

As we travel to town each Lord's day we usually go 
in two vehicles ( a station wagon and a van) filled 
with us and the people from the farm, as these people 
need a way to the worship service. 

The meeting house, in town needs to be opened up 
more by removing two more walls to make more seating 
capacity for the worship services. It only seats 
about 40 people comfortably at this time, and there 
are times when the attendance exceeds this. 

There have been Christian baptisms, and there have 
been other applications for baptism, that have not yet 
transpired because of things that need to be taken care 


of by them before receiving Christian baptism. Others 
have made known to us they want to receive Christian 
baptism as soon as they learn more of God ? s word* 
Another man is trying to get everything taken care of 
and in order be fore. he makes application for Christian 
baptism. (His wife has informed us of this.) Let ? s all 
continue to pray for these souls and one another. 

In conclusion: There have been more requests for 
visits and services than we have been able to, or have 
fulfilled. .There has just now been another request or 
plea for more worship services. I have been feeling 
for some time the need for "'.worship services on the farm 
as well as in town on the Lord's day. These people are 
hungry for and seeking the Gospel, the pare word of God, 
our Father in heaven. Please, let us assist them more' 
as soon as possible. Our Lord is going to return soonl 

We feel the need and prayerfully plead and request 
at the very least for one brother to come assist us here 
with the Lord T s work. Our preference is and always has 
been that a ministering brother can come here and go 
ahead, serving the Lord and the people with our assist- 
ance. Not our will but Thine, oh Bather, be done. 

We simply ask and encourage each brother and sister 
individually to take this matter to our Father in hea- 
ven In prayer, and that His will be done. If the Father 
has called you, you know it. If the Father calls you, 
you will know it. When the Father calls we don*t 
think He called, we know He called. We then encourage 
y6u if the Father has called you to this little service 
of His, to respond positively and it will be easy to do 
as you continue to walk with the Lord. His yoke is 
easy and His burden is light. Oh the love^ peace, and 
joy that we all know in His service — our great Lord and 

There is no brother too old or too young, too rich 
or too poor to respond positively if He calls you to 
this service. There are brethren, there and here that 
are able, waiting, and wanting to assist you as soon 
as your decision becomes known to them. 

As Jesus told His disciples almost 2000 years ago, 


"The harvest truly is plenteous , but the laborers are 
few; Pray you therefore the Lord of the harvest, that 
he will send forth laborers into His harvest «" 

Father, not our will but Thine be done is our prayer 
through Jesus our Lord we pray. Amen. 

An unworthy brother and sister in Christy. 
Wade and Violet Flora 
Rio Verde, Goias*. 'Brazil"' 


DANIEL PERRY GRAYBILL, age 87 years, 1 month, 5 days, 
passed away at 11:45 a.m, Tuesday, April 30, 1985, at 
the home of Lester, his son, C.R. 13 > 3/4. mile south of 
C.R. 40 where he resided for the past 5 .months. 

He had not been 111 and had suffered an apparent 
heart attack -in the garden with his hoe still 'in hand. 
He was born near Rossville, Indiana, Clinton County, on 
March 26, 1898, the son of Riley L. and Elizabeth 
Gripe Gray bill. 

He came to Elkhart county in 1918. On January 28, 
1922, he was married to Susan B. Miller, and she pre- 
ceded him in death May 5> 1970. Survivors are one 
daughter, Mrs. Sylvia Lavy of Wakarusa; two sons, James 
W. and Lester J. of Goshen; 18 grandchildren; and 24 
great-grandchildren . 

He was preceded. in death by three brothers: Irvin, 
John, and Jacob Graybill; two sisters: Mrs. Rosa* Ganger 
and Miss Ada Graybill; one grandchild and one great- 

A. member of the Old Brethren German Baptist Church, 
he served as a minister for 55 years. On the Sunday 
before his passing he preached his last sermon at the 
home of Charlie and Violet We inmer. 

A funeral service was conducted at 10:00 a.m. on 
Friday May 3, 1985, at the Wisler Mennonite Church. 
Burial was at the Wisler Yellow Creek Cemetery. 

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of 

His saints. 

The Family 



-Four epistles of Paul were written about 62 A.D» 
from a Roman prison: Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 
and Philemon. Each of these has its particular message 
and' place in the Word of God, They show the zeal, the 
joy, the steadfastness and love of this faithful apostle 
of Jesus even when he was in bonds. 

Ephesians is thought by some to have been a kind of 
general letter to the churches. of A§ia» Some of the 
most ancient manuscripts omit the words "at Ephesus" 
in the first verse. Possibly Paul intended for each 
church where it was read -to insert its name here. Also, 
-much of the personal character as special greetings to 
individuals which appear in other epistles Is absent In 
this letter. The epistle has much in It for, all of us 
and could apply to any church. Its beautiful language 
of honor to our Saviour and encouragement to the church 
is simply unsurpassed in any literature. 

The letters to Ephesus, Colosse, and Philemon were 
all carried from Rome by Tychicus : and ; Onesimus. They 
were written by scribes at the dictation of Paul. 
Tychicus wrote Ephesians and Colossians. Epaphroditus 
.wrote Philippians, and Onesimus wrote Philemon and part 
of Colossians. 

The. church at Colosse .was not founded by Paul, but by 
Epaphras. But Paul was concerned for these Christians 
,even though he possibly did not know most of them. He 
wrote, evidently, to correct some errors there: false 
philosophies, worshipping angels, and perhaps some 
asceticism, (chapter 2) Archippus was a minister there 
and Is mentioned in Colossians and Philemon, 

J Riilippi was the first city of Europe that Paul 
preached in. You will remember, he was called there 
by a vivid vision of a man of Macedonia saying to him, 
"Come over into Macedonia, and help us." Paul responded 
to this call and established in Philippi a church which 


was perhaps as faithful and pure as any of the New. 
Testament Gentile churches. Luke was possibly from' 
Philippi and was this church's "pastor for the first six 
years . 

The letter to the Philippians is a letter of victory 
and rejoicing. The gift they sent to Paul (4:18) evi- 
dently was gratefully received by Paul in prison. 

The epistle to Philemon has a special character as 
it was written to an individual, a special Christian 
brother to Paul and resident of Colosse. Paul exhorts 
Philemon to receive a servant, Onesimus, who had run 
away and was returning with the letter having been in 
the meantime converted by Paul's ministry.. 

What an encouragement these epistles should be to 
usj Paul rejoices even in 'prison . He is obsessed 
with the preaching of the Gospel and the salvation of 
souls and even in. prison he is spending his best re- 
sources that the work might go on, Philippians 1:12 
tells of his satisfaction that even his troubles, were 
used of God: "But I would ye should understand, bre- 
thren, that the things which happened unto me have 
fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel. 
_^ — L.C.. 

(This selection is a letter written in December, 
1884, but printed in the January, 1885, Vindicator , 
In it the writer invites' new settlers to the Shoal 
Creek Church in Missouri,, which had only been organ- 
ized a few years earlier, ) 

Dear Brethren and Sisters of like precious faith, 
greeting: We the brethren and sisters of the Shoal 
Creek Church, Neinrton County,' Mo., are still laboring 
for the advancement of the cause of Christ as well as 
we can. We have meeting every Sunday^ we now have 
three preachers: Jacob Flory as Elder, "Michael Mont- 
gomery on the second degree, and Henry Brubaker, first 
degreej also we have three deacons. Our Church is in 
peace and union as far as we know. We had our com- 



munion on the 4^ and 0& of October, with the help of 
the ..Jasper and Johnson county brethren, and we had an 
interesting meeting. I would also say to the brethren 
and sisters who contemplate changing their location, 
come and see us and look at our country before moving 
elsewhere. We have good land, good water, good health* 
and. a good,mild climate. We haven't commenced feeding 
our cattle, yet; we have plenty of prairie and plenty of 
timber landj come and see for yourselves. 

In Christian Love, 

W. Turner, Newtonia^ Mo. 

Selected by John Schonwald 


Eph. 6:10 "Finally, my brethren > be strong in the 
Lord, and in the power of his might ." We have a very 
good example in David 1 s life in the Old Testament. His 
brothers felt better than him and left him the humble 
job of herding the sheep, which he did very faithfully. 
He no doubt used His sling effectively to drive back 
the, wild animals. When the lion carried off the lamb 
in his mouth, he followed right after him. The lion 
probably hesitated to release the lamb, giving Davia 
opportuntiy to deliver a crushing blow. The bear pro- 
bably met a similar fate. No doubt these adventures 
gave him confidence that the Lord would give him 
strength if he moved firmly to do what was right. 

When he sent to 1 meet Goliath, the giant probably 
looked out over his shield to taunt and ridicule, 
giving David opportunity to use his trusty sling. This 
teaches us that if we make a strong, whole-hearted 
effort to serve the Lord, He will give the opportunities. 

Ernest Wagner 
Modesto, California 


CABLE- A son, Titus Lee, born July 5 to Faythe and 
Ron Cable of Goshen, Indiana. 



He has never heard the old saying, r Hake hay' while 
the sun shines ." but that 1 s : exactly what the pika does. 

The 7" long pika (sometimes called cohie or cony) 
lives in the high mountains of Europe,. Asia and western 
North America, The American pika lives -in the Rocky 
Mountains, just above the timberline. He prefers dwell- 
ing with a group of his relatives, often at" the foot of 
a cliff, /"" 

A harmless creature, the pika has a one-inch tail, 
and grayish far colored lighter underneath.* . ; Being a ■ 
relative of hares end rabbits,, he has' a double .set of 
upper incisor teeth — the mowers for his hayfield. 

For the pika is a. little hay farmer. Up early- at 
dawnj he scurries busily about on his short legs. His 
feet, which have hair on their soles, quickly take 
him to the nearest grass patches. He clips alio the 
grass he can carry crosswise in his mouth, and 
scuttles back to his home. On a. stone slab outside his 
door he spreads his hay for the sun to dry. Trip after 
trip he makes to his hayfields, day after day* If rain 
threatens he bleats : a warning to his neighbor pikas, 
and they hurriedly put their crops away, 

When summer is over, he may have 50 pounds of hay 
stored for the snowy winter— crisp, green, sweet- 
smelling hay, along with some dried vegetables. 

Surely this busy little farmer deserves to be warm 
and well-nourished all through the cold winter. As he 
enjoys his harvest', does he think back to the busy 
days of summer? Probably not. But if he could, it 
would surely make his hay taste even sweeter. 

We would surely do well to diligently imitate this 
"exceeding wise" little fellow — the busy haymaker* 

— Stanley K. Brubaker 

"There be four things which are little upon the earth, 
but they are exceeding wise... the conies are hit a fee- 
ble folk, yet make they their houses in the rock," 

Proverbs 30:24,26 

" I 


Samuel was young when -God called him, 

And gave him his first job. to do; 
Daniel's first- trial in' obedience .. d ; 

Came when he. w&s young, too.- 

Abednego, Shadrach, and Meshach 

Were still in the flower of youth 
fthen God called upon them to witness, 

And stand" even fire for His truth. 

The slave girl who helped to cure- Naaman 

And David, the* young shepherd boy, 
Let not youth hinder their duty 

But labored in "fulness of joy." 

The Lord called 'upon the youn^ rich man 

To follow him over the earth; 
John, the forerunner of Jesus, 

Was "filled with the Spirit" from birth. 

So we who would labor for Jesus,- 
Would "join in the battle for truth," 
., Should first realise that He wants us 

While we're babbling with freshness of youth.,. 

While our bodies are young, strong, and vibrant, 
And our minds are yet pure, clear, and' bright; 

While our hearts are yet open and ready 
To receive 'of His "marvelous light." 

That's when the Lord^wants to use us; 

E'er our hearts, minds and senses grow dim. 
So come forth and offer with gladness 

Your life, clean and youthful to Him. 

Mary Harris, Age 17 Selected by Kenneth Garber 

THE PILGRIM Sonora, Calif. 

19201 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, Calif. 95379 


VOL. 32 AUGUST, 1985 NO- 8 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2- n 

• v •' • 

Christian, work for Jesus, 
Who on earth for thee 

Labored, wearied, suffered • 
Died upon the tree. 


Work with lips so fervid 
That thy words may prove 

Thou hast brought a message 
From the God of love. 

Work with heart ' th&t burnetii, 

Humbly at His feet,' ' 
Priceless gems to offer, 

For His crown made meet. 

Work with prayer unceasing , 
Borne on faith T s strong wing, 

Earnestly beseeching 
Trophies for the King. 

Work while strength endurath, 
Until death draw near ; 

Then thy Lord ! s sweet welcome 
Thou in heaven -shalt hear, 

— M. Haslock 

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Out come the lunch boxes, the pencil cases, the 
notebooks, the new overalls, the school dresses — for 
now is the time for the children and young folks to 
return to their studies for another school year. Many 
will greet school as a relief from the boredom of sum- 
mer* Some will count it an interruption of their fun 
and good times* But those youngsters who have the best 
understanding of the purpose of school will welcome 
the return to the. books as a golden opportunity to 
learn. For never again will* it be as convenient and 
easy to grasp and memorize, to study and apply the 
efforts to learning. 

But this article is not primarily to young people* 
because we adults also need to go "back to school. t! 
There is never a time when we can afford to stop learn- 
ing • But sometimes we forget this, and then we need 
to return to learning. We should begin studying again 
when we realize that there are many Scripture truths 
to learn that we either have forgotten or never knew. 
We need to go back to school when we sense that our 
Spiritual life is getting cold or lukewarm, because 
God can teach us these lessons if we are willing. And 
then when we find that our relationship to our brethren, 
our children, or even our companions is not what we 
would like it to be, it is another sign that we need 
to go back to the place of instruction and let God 
teach us how to act, when to speak, and what is our duty. 

For children, learning falls into several categories. 
They must learn many facts or information. They must 
also develop skill in using learning tools. They must 
learn how to interact and communicate with other people. 
And, most important, they must learn about their 
Creator and Redeemer. 

We adults also have categories to our learning. We 
too have many facts to learn and remember — traffic 
laws, the rules of our government, and many facts and 


laws in God's Word. Much of this can be "head know- 
ledge. !r We can memorize facts and Scriptures without 
really getting our hearts involved. Friends told us 
recently that Nikita Kruschev could recite much of the 
New Testament as he had learned it as a child. But his 
heart was not in it, for he was an outspoken adversary 
to Christianity, 

The best and most important categories of learning 
for us adults have to do with our hearts, our attitudes, 
our wills. Centuries ago God had Jeremiah tell .his 
people this statement, of His will: 

"Thus saith the Lord, Let not the' wise man 
-glory In his wisdom, neither let the mighty ^man 
glory in his might, let not the rich man glory-' 
in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory 
in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, 
that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, 
judgment, and righteousness, in the. earth; for - 
in these things I delight, saith the Lord." 

Jeremiah 9:23, 24 

Here is a category of learning that is of top priority 
in God's sight. This will need to involve our hearts, 
as He says he will write His laws there, 

Maryof Bethany seemed to understand her greatest 
need. She "sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word*". 
And Jesus said this one thing was needful, It is J,* 
needful for us, too, Jesus has the words of eternal 
life, and He invites us to come and learn of Him. 

Solomon was a man of wisdpm. and knowledge, God 
gave him this and yet he recommended continued learn- 
ing. Proverbs 1:5 says, "A wise man will hear, and 
will increase learning.. ." V.7: "The fear of the Lord 
s the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise 
risdom and instruction. " 

Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would teach us: , . 
(V. .He shall teach you all things...") No doubt '. He 
is doing this constantly' if we are willing learners. 
In a hardware store, the clerks can give out a lot of 
information that they have learned about their products. 


But woe to the clerk that will not in turn learn from 
his customers. His is a head knowledge from can labels, 
factory letters, etc. Theirs is a practical knowledge 
of experience in using the products. Similarly in our 
spiritual life the Holy Spirit will help us learn from 
one another if we are willing. 

To learn we need to have a certain degree of humility 
whether the learning comes by experience or from our 
friends or direct from God. It is not always easy to 
say or even to think, "I don f t know; I would like to 
learn.' 1 But how great the benefits if we are willing 
to learn daily the lessons God has for us. 

And so we adults, too, have the privilege to go back 
to school. We can learn all our lives if we will. We 
began by learning to crawl, to eat, to talk, to stay 
away from a hot stove — and we continue to learn to 
communicate, to walk the Christian path, to avoid 
spiritual dangers, to help one another, to know God 
better. Learn the Scriptures; learn them by heart; 
practice using this "sword of the Spirit." Learn to 
teach your children God ! s ways. Study history for so 
much of it is like our own time. Study the marvellous 
world around us that testifies so consistently of our 
all-wise Creator. "Study to "show thyself approved 
unto God..." "...Study to be quiet, and to do your 
own business, and to work with your own hands, as we 
commanded you." (I Thessalonians 4:11) 

In the school of life with the Holy Spirit as our. 
teacher there is no diploma or graduation. But. someday 
we will see our Sairiour face to face and know as we 
are known „ Someday we may hear the words " Well done 
thou good and faithful servant..," These rewards will 
not come to him who has despised learning and been too 
proud to be teachable . 

Let us go back to school as our children return this 
year. . Let us willingly say with David in Psalm 143:10, 
"Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy 
spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness." 


Dear Brother Leslie/ 

I came across this little article, and I believe it 

would be worth printing. I know it is a lesson I could 

do better in. It is a letter someone wrote to a Mr, 



Dear Mr* Cook: 

I recently suffered a great wrong and became quite 
bitter about it. My pastor and my friends say I must 
forgive and forget — but I can't. -^-Bitter 

Dear Bitter: 

Let T s get one thing straight right away: it's not 
!t forgive and forget. 11 Only Almighty, God has the abil- 
ity to forget our sins — and He does, when He forgives 
theml But you retain all the Impressions of life in 
some way or other. Not "forgive and forget," but 
"forgive and accept." 

The punishment you are meting out to this individual 
is that you have rejected him — he is no longer accept- 
able to you because of the wrong you have suffered. 
But, while r you are punishing the wrongdoer, you are 
also— without realizing it— punishing yourself. 

The Christian part of you wants to forgive, knowing 
it should accept the other: person as one for whom 
Christ died. But your old, selfish nature wants revenge, 
It wants to feel compensated for its loss and pain.' 
It wants the other person to suffer for what, he did. 
Let's look at what God says about this very common 
problem In human relationships. 

Forgiveness of the other person is not a matter of 
choice, — it is mandatory. "If ye forgive not. , .neither 
will your Father in, heaven. , ." 

Forgiveness is to be extended to others in the light 
of the fact that God has forgiven us so much, because 
of Christ. "Forgiving one another, as God for Christ's 
sake, hath forgiven you," 

Forgiveness is- not to be limited to isolated occa- 
sions — "This once, but don't let it happen again!" Our 
Lord replied to the question, "How often?" with the- 


. words 9 "Until seventy times seven," 

Nothing is really settled until you have accepted 
the wrong as a sin for which Christ died. Yon yourself 
are guilty of sins for which Christ died. Why not ac- 
cept the other person as he is, for Jesus sake, -and 
seek to be a blessing to him? 

There is one more thing — namely, a miracle: learn 
to love the one who has wronged you. Only when your 
heart is divinely filled with love will you be able to 
receive again the one to whom you had barred your 
heart. The Holy Spirit can thus make relationships 
happy and liveable again, 

— Humbly selected by Everett Oyler 
\\ " . Realizing I greatly need this "Miracle," 


We often remark our world was pretty small while 
we lived In the U.S. and didn't know how the other 
parts of the world. lived. We have learned a lot and 
still think our world is. pretty small, but thanks be to 
God that all men are created equal and we are all the 
same in His sight , no one above another. 

We would like you to go along with us in your mind 
to a wedding we attended a few weeks ago. Brother 
Francisco and his brother Olimpio came out to our home 
by bus, then walked several miles to our home for 
Olimpio to invite us to his wedding a month later on 
Saturday at 7:00 pjnu He said, it was to take place 
at Sanclerlandia, a town 180 miles north of us where 
the bride lived, .He told Wade he wanted him to have 
a part in the wedding service , too* We have a van so 
offered to take some of his family that wanted to go. 

The morning of the wedding we met his Mother, sister, 
and two nephews at the highway at 6:45 a.m. as they had 
come on the bus that far. We all started on our journey 
up %n Sar.clerlandift, We kad never been to that area 
before so were looking forward to seeing new country. 
We took a map along to help us on our journey. We tra- 
veled on asphalt road for 12 miles and the rest of the 


roadswere all dirt road's but good to travel on. On 
some of the bridges we had to be careful how we crossed 
as the boards were spaced apart or missing, so we had 
to be careful not to get a tire caught, but we didn T t 
have any trouble* 

A truck was sitting along the road and the driver 
motioned for us to stop. He said he was out of fuel and 
needed to go get some up ahead so we told him to get in # 
He and his wife got in -and we just sat closer together; 
as the saying goes, "Always room for one more." 

There are no road signs, but sometimes there are 
signs that tell the name of the next town, so that is the 
only way to know if you are on the right road. At each 
small town we* had to ^top and ask where the ro-ad was to 
the next town where we wanted to go. People are Yerj 
friendly and helpful, so that'-s no problem. In one 
town a man insisted we wait in front of the hotel and 
he would go get his family and be by to show us the 
way to the next town as he was going there. We waited 
a little while but then decided we'd better be on our 
way and not waste much time. We asked someone at the 
hotel how to get out on the right road and we started 
off. This nan and his family passed us on the road 
outside of toxvn. 

We' arrived in Sanclerlandia at 2 p.m. and happened to 
think that no one of us knew where we were to go after 
we got there "as we didn't know the name of the church 
or the bride. Just at that time Olimpio came walking 
across the street as we came into the town. He thought 
we would be arriving about that time. He took us to 
Hervino and family's home. Hervino is a bishop in the 
church and works with people and gives council etc. 
They were a wonderful family and wanted us to feel right 
at home. They served refreshments; then we visited and 
rested for a while. 

The electricity for the town was shut off that day 
and was supposed to be turned on at 5:00 or 6:00 p.m. 
After 5:30 they suggested we go to the river to bathe 
as was getting so late. There were several of us to 
bathe and change clothes, and the electricity hadn't 


been turned on yet , and, of course, no water without 
electricity. Brazilians never change clothes without 
bathing first. We studied the situation at the river 
a little while, then decided to go to the farm house 
close by to see if the women folks could bathe there. 
The people were really nice and hospitable and wel- 
comed us in and tried to give us the very best and 
wanted to heat water for our baths. We insisted they 
shouldn't, but they would have it no other way. The 
men folks went to the river. We were hurrying and 
dressing by candlelight so weren't sure of how we 

It was about wedding time, but we weren't afraid of 
missing the wedding as the groom was with us. We 
stopped by the brides parent's home for the groom to 
get his suit. People here can rent the groom's and 
bridete clothes* We went back to Hervino's home for the 
groom to get ready, and we could put the finishing 
touches on ourselves with lights. The wedding started 
at 7:45 p.m. instead of 7:00. 

The bridal pair have witnesses, and the people sign 
for the couple. They can have as many witnesses as 
they want, and these witnesses all stand in the front 
of the church close to the bridal pair. The minister 
read a lot of the Scriptures of the duties of the hus- 
band and wife and gave them much good advice. They 
then took their vows as husband and wife, and the wedding 
record was read about them, ..their parents etc. The 
names of the witnesses were read; then the bridal pair 
and the witnesses all signed in the order in which they 
were read. We were dismissed, and the congratulations 
were given to the bridal pair outside the church. The 
ones that were invited to the reception went to the 
bride's parent's home and had supper which consisted 
of rice, beans, beef, chicken, meat balls, spaghetti, 
manioc, kool-aid, coffee, and water. The gift's are 
taken to the bride's parent's home before the wedding 
or at the reception, and someone opens them as they 
are presented and displayed on the bed. 

We returned to Hervino's home for the night. They 


gave 'as their beds and their rooms and did a lot of 
extra work to have beds and comfort for everyone. We 
never cease to be amazed at how the people here really 
show their hospitality and want you to feel at home 
with them. They give you their best. 

The next morning we were served coffee, milk, bread 
and butter, then got ready to make our departure. . They 
insisted we stay longer and attend their morning 
church service which we would have loved to do, but we 
felt the need to start back home as we had church in 
town at 7:00 that evening. Hervino showed us another 
way home, so we had mostly asphalt roads except for 15 
miles of dirt roads, and we got to see another new 
area. Again we had to ask at each town "how to get on 
the right road to the' next town. 

We were really thankful we had gone and have many 
precious memories of the wonderful tine we enjoyed. 
As we said when we left Hervino ! s, we had friends 
now In Sanclerl&ndia and thanked God for them 
and hoped they could sometime in the near future visit 
us in our home. ¥ade and violet Flora 

Rio Verde, Goias, Brazil 


Luke 10:27: The lawyer answered Jesus, "Thou shalt 
love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all 
thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy 
mind; and thy neighbor as thyself." 

While it Is true we need a close, loving tie to 
those of like faith and practice, we cannot set a 
boundary on love. As Jesus taught in the parable of 
the good Samaritan: the priest and the Levite passed 
by the man because he wasn r t in their circle of friendsl 
We need to do good wherever there is opportunity with- 
out respect of persons. When old age and infirmity 
come, we are not able to delve deeply into things that 
require deep study and concentration, but all can feel 
love and compassion which is God in us. " God is love. 
He that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in 
him." — Ernest Wagner, Modesto, California 

10 THE__ PILGRIM, _ __ t 


Thessalonica was formerly the metropolis of Macedon- 
ia* The apostle Paul, being directed after an extra- 
ordinary manner to preach the gospel in Macedonia 
(Acts 16: 9, -10), went from Troas to Samothracia, thence 
to Neapolis, and then to Philippic where he had good 
success in his ministry, but met with hard usage, being 
cast into prison with Silas, from which being wonder- 
fully delivered, they comforted the brethren there, and 
departed. Passing through Amphipolis and Apollonia, 
they came to Thessalonica, where the apostle planted a 
church* But a tumult being raised in the city, Paul 
and Silas, for their safety, were sent away by night 
unto Berea, and afterwards Paul was conducted to Athens, 
leaving Silas and Timotheus behind him. When they came, 
Timotheus was sent to Thessalonica, to enquire after 
their welfare and" to establish them in the faith 
(I Thess. 3:2), and, was sent again, together with 
Silas, to visit the churches in Macedonia, So that 
Paul, being left at Athens alone (I Thess. 3:1), 
departed thence to Corinth, where he continued a year 
and a half, and then he wrote- this epistle to the 
church of Christ at Thessalonica, which, though it is 
placed after the other epistles of this apostle, is 
supposed to be first in time of all Paul T s epistles. 

This Second Epistle was written soon after the 
former, and seems to have been designed to prevent a 
mistake concerning the second coming of Christ, as if 
it were near at hand. The apostle informs them that 
there were many intermediate counsels yet to be ful- 
filled before that day of the Lord should come, though, 
because it is sure, he had spoken 'of :.t as near. 

Selected from Matthew Henry ! s Commentary 

pages 674 & 671 



This article from a century ago was written by the 
Vindicator editor, Joseph I, Cover ♦ 

"The obligation of christian parents to dedicate 
their children to the Lord in baptism, rests upon Bible 
authority; and is confirmed by apostolic practice and 
the writings of the fathers J 1 — L* Mendenhall, in Free 
Methodist ," 

The authors of the following statements, contrary 
to the above , were Paedo baptists:.. 

"There is nothing in the words of the institution, 
nor in any other accounts of the administration of 
this rite, respecting the baptism of infants: there 
is not a single precept for, nor example of, this prac- 
tice through the whole New Testament " — Samuel Baker 

"There is no express precept or rule given in the 
New Testament for baptism of infants 1 ! — Bishop Burnet 

"It cannot be proved by the sacred Scripture, that 
infant baptism was instituted by Christ, or begun by 
the first Christians after the apostles^ — Martin Luther 

"There is no example of baptism recorded in the 
Scriptures, where any were baptised but such as ap- 
peared to have a saving interest in Christ i r — T. Boston 

"There Is no Instance can be produced, from which it 
may be indisputably inferred that any child was bap- 
tised by the apostle s. ,J — Limborch 

"I conclude thai; all examples of baptism in Scripture 
do mention only the administration of it to the profess- 
ors of saving faith; and the precepts give us no other 
direction ." — Baxter 

Touching the above extracts the doctrine of the Old 
Brethren Church has ever been to obtain first the mind 
of Jesus; see Paul, in Romans 8: "If we have not the 
mind of Christ we are none of his, and unless we have 
the Spirit of Christ we are not the Sons of God," for 
"he is a spirit, and they that worship him must worship 
him in spirit and in truth," so in all respects. By 
the word we must have an express command to warrant 


infant sprinkling, called baptism, or the record that 
Christ and His apostles did it, and unto whom, and how, 
when and where. This shown truthfully will obtain its 
practice from us, and nothing else. 

Selected by John Schonwald 


Today I was admonished. 
The pain 

is hard to bear. 

I'm angry, Lord, 

and bitter. 
Could this happen 

to me? 


Who did this sister 

think she was? 
To see into my soul, 

To" show me my weakest part? 


Forgive me, Lord; 
I don't want 
to see myself "• 
as others do . . . 


You sent her, Lord, didn't You? 

Forgive my hardened heart. 

Did she feel like Jonah? 
Was this hard for her, too? 

Help me to see my sister's love; 
Her courage and concern. 
Help me to do better. 
Help me, as only You can. 

— Anonymous 



MARTIN - a son, Jesse Joel, born August 13 to Neil and 
Lois Martin of Nappanee, Indiana. 

BRU BAKER - a son, Wesley Christian, born August 19 to 

Stanley and Janicie Brubaker of Goshen, Indiana. 



John Bayer, Jr. • 9555 W; Third St. 

Dayton, Ohio 4542? 

Mrs. Aaron (iva) Brumbaugh 9123 Hogpath Rd. 

Arcanum, Ohio 45304 

Marvin Crawmer 17268 Overland Trail 

Sonoma, Calif. 95370 
(209) 533-4166 

Kenneth Garber P.O. Box 1058 

Twain Harte, Calif. 95383 
(209) 586-1180 


Lloyd Wagner 4213 North Ave. 

Modesto, Calif. 95351 
(209) 522-9616 

Knowledge and wisdom, far from being one, 
Have oft times no connection. Knowledge dwells 
In heads replete with thoughts of other men; 
Wisdom in minds attentive to their own. 
Knowledge, a rude, unprofitable mass, . 
The mere materials, with which Wisdom builds, 
Till smoothed and squared and fitted to its place, 
Does not encumber whom it seems to enrich. 
Knowledge is proud, that he has learned so much; 
Wisdom is humble, that he knows no more. 

— William Cowper 



We brethren, sisters , and friends of Rio Verde , 
Brazil, thanked our heavenly Father and rejoiced with 
the holy angels when another precious soul, Alcidia 
Pereira Maia, was received into our fellowship July 28 
py a public confession of faith in Jesus Christ and 
Holy Baptism. 

We and our visitors again rejoiced when still 
another precious soul, Lazara da Silva Machada was 
received into our fellowship August 4 by a public 
confession of faith in Jesus Christ and Holy Baptism. 

May these sisters be faithful and helpful in the 
Kingdom of our Father in heaven. 

—Wade Flora 


A Lovefeast Meeting is appointed for Sunday, Septem- 
ber 29, with the Canadian members near Maple , Ontario. 
The invitation is given to attend and. .enjoy fellowship 
at this meeting. 

— Melvin Coning 

The Fall Lovefeast Meeting for the Eastern District 
has been appointed for October 5 & 6 at the meeting 
house near Bradford, Ohio. A hearty invitation is 
extended to all the members in the Brotherhood. 

— Hollis Flora 

We, the members of the Old Brethren Church in 
California," have agreed to. hold our Fall Lovefeast 
Meeting, the Lord willing, at Talida on November 2 & 3. 
We sincerely invite and welcome all our dear brethren 
and sisters and friends to come and be with us at this 
time of communion and spiritual revival. May God rich- 
ly bless .this coming meeting and all who attend. 

— Joseph L.. Cover 




It is time for picking blackberries again, .What a 
challenging sight to see large, juicy 'blackberries \ 
hanging lush and sweet on the thorny vine si 

It makes me think of our spiritual lives. Good/ 
ripe fruit or habits should be part of our everyday 
lives. Do we show the fruit of the Spirit?' Can 
people looking on tell that we are Christians by 
other ways than our plain clothes? Do we act out 
these fruits of the Spirit to our family members? 

Jesus says "Every good tree bringeth forth good 
fruit." If we are really children of .God, and His 
Spirit dwells in us, we will show these fruits of 
love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, good- 
ness, faith, meekness, and temperance. "Wherefore 
by their fruits ye shall know them." (Matthew 7:20) 
It takes diligent effort to keep these fruits in 
our everyday lives. But it will be worth it because 
God is glorified when we bear much fruit,. (John 15:8) 
And our reason for being here on earth, is to glorify 
our Creator. 

The rewarding part of a session in the. briar patches 
is to see beautiful, blackberries shining in the' crate. 
So it is an encouraging experience to meet a Christian 
young person that radiates the fruit of the Spirit. and 
shows that Christ lives in his heart. 

— =Rosanna Cover , 
.Tuolumne, California 

11 1 am the vine and ye are the branches:" 

Bear precious fruit for Jesus today; 
Branches in Him no fruit ever bearing, 
Jesus hath said", "He taketh away." 

Yes, by your fruits the world is to know you, 
Walking in love as children of day; 

Follow your Guide; He passes before you 
Leading to realms of glorious day, 

— Khowles Shaw 


dost "thou man 

Job, the godly rich man who lived many thousands of 
years, ago, was a wise man. He .'knew the answers to many 
hard questions. He knew how to work. He knew how to 
help other people. He knew how to live a pure and up- 
right life— for he feared and loved God. 

But Job forgot once that he was really quite weak . 
and foolish and ignorant compared to God. To help Job 
gain a more humble wisdom, God appeared before Job in 
the form of a whirlwind and asked him some very hard 

—Job, where were you when I created the earth? 

—What did I set the earth's foundations on? 

— Do you understand the secrets of the ocean springs? 

— -Do you know how large the earth is? 

— Have you ever opened the gates of death? 

—Where does light dwell, and where it the place 

of darkness? 
—Can you bind the workings of the stars? 
In the 38 th and 39 th chapters of Job, the questions 
continue— hard questions that Job could not answer. 

After God had finished speaking, Job was very 
sorry for his proud attitude. He said, "Behold, I am 
vile; what shall I answer thee? I win lay my hand 
upon my mouth" (Job 40:4) 

When we admire nature, and as we study it and 
learn a few of its, beautiful secrets, how important 
it is that we glorify the Creator for the wisdom that 
is His. How little we know J How much, much more there 
is that we can never discover unless He reveals it. 
Surely He is the Inventor and Keeper of it all I 
—Stanley K. Brubaker 

THE PILGRIM Sonera, Calif. 

19201 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, Calif. 95379 


VOL. 32 SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER, 1985 NOS. 9 & 10 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts,, which war-y against the soul." t, Peter 2:11 

The angels who watched- round the tomb, ,,. V" 

Where, low the Redeemer was laid, 
When deep in mortality 1 s gloom, 

He hid for a season His head, 
That veiled their. -fair- face while -He slept, 

And ceasecf their sweet harps_ to -employ, 
Have .-witnessed*. His rising^ and swept 

The chords, with the triumphs of joy. 

-Oh, sweet, is; the season of rest,- 
When life 1 s weary journey is done: 

The- blush that spreads over its west — 
The last lingering ray of its sun! 

Though, dreary the empire of night., 

I t : soon shall emerge from its gloom, 

And see immortality 1 s light, 

Arise from the .shades, of the- tomb. 

Then welcome ,the last rending,. sigh, 

When t-hese aching heartstrings shall break:, 

When death shall extinguish these eyes, 
And moisten with dew the pale cheek: 

No terror the prospect begets, v , - -*& Li - >' 
I am not mortality 1 s slave.r : _ 

The sunbeam of- life ^ as- it sets, 

.'•Paints a rainbow of peace on, the grave. 

— W. B. Cpllyer 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine pubfished in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $2.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover; Consulting Editor: Daniel F. Wolf. 

Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


"Church leaders are identified by their love for 
Jesus Christ and their loyalty to their denominations." 
It is fitting at the passing of Elder Daniel F. Wolf 
that some special mention be made of his life in The 
Pilgrim 'which he started. -' 

The Old Brethren Church has not always had a publi- 
cation. In its early daySsi as a "denomination," Elder 
Owen C. Gripe published for several years (July, 1920 — 
November 1926) a : pape^r called Testimony of Truth . 
Later. (August/ 1947— December/ 1954) Elder David Mohler 
used the same name for his nionthljr which was sent to 
many Old Brethren homes. But Brother Dan sensed a 
need in 1954 for a publication especially for us. He 
chose the name The Pilgrim which he - later- learned was 
the name. of a' paper published by some' brethren before 
the divide nearly 100 years earlier (1870-1877). 

In the first Pilgrim Brother Dan wrote , "We believe 
we can have a paper which should first and primarily 
serve the needs of the members of the Old Brethren 
Church, and at the same time present items of interest 
which could be both useful and-. edifying to our friends 
and acquaintances and Christian readers in general into 
whose hands it ma^-; come, whose, interests and problems 
may be the same : as ours... We plan to have a column for 
for those who are interested in church history (of the 
Brethren Church ■ in particular, and the historical 
Christian general) and to bring forward 
various writings of 'our early brethren; elucidating 
the historical- doctrine and faith of our fathers, and 
also testimonies of the apostolic faith of Christians 
in past ages.' 1 . This last revealed an interest in 
church history which Brother Dan developed and kept as 
long as he lived. 

At the time The Pilgrim was begun, a number of us 
young fellows had been called to serve as conscientious 


objectors and were away from home. I well remember the 
joy and help it was when this little paper cajfie each 
month to give us encouragement. 

During the nine years that he and his wife published 
: The Pilgrim , Brother Dan labored many hours carefully 
writing the articles declaring his understanding of the 
Gospel with particular emphasis on the Kingdom — the 
Church — as the fulfillment of many Old Testament pro- 
phecies and promises. With his contracting business 
occupying his days, he worked late at night at the 
peril of his health. He finally felt the need to give 
over the work to others and to remain on as consulting 

In 1970, Brother Dan collected his writings on the 
Kingdom into a small book which he published himself. 
Heirs of the Promise tells simply and well of the pro- 
mises to Abraham and his posterity finding their ful- 
fillment in the Redeemer Jesus and His founding of the 
new nation of Israel. This New Israel is not limited 
to the natural seed of Abraham, but in Christ gathers 
citizens from all nations of the world. One of Brother 
Dan's proof texts — the one from which he adapted the 
name of his book — was Galatians 3:26-29: "For ye are 
all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus... 
And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and 
heirs according to the promise." 

Some of Brother Dan's other teachings were expressed 
in various pamphlets and tracts besides his articles in 
The Pilgrim . Some of his titles are "The Christians 1 s 
Relationship to God and His Obligation to the Civil 
Powers," "Annual Meeting in the Dunker Church," 
"Biblical Separation," "Christian Witness in Attire," 
"The Old Testament Sabbath and the New Testament Lord 1 s 
Day," "The Drawing of the Father and the New Birth," 
and "For the Law Was Given by Moses, but Grace and 
Truth Came by Jesus Christ." (These pamphlets are still 
available in limited quantities from The Pilgrim ." 
Though Brother Dan's main interests were in the 
Scriptures and his ministry in the church, his talents 
also ranged to dairying,, to building, and to cabinet- 


making.* He was a skillful '-builder, having started as 
a carpenter and working up to his own contracting bus- 

Brother Dan was also a spiritual builder, and this, 
too, takes skill and effort and, above all, the grace 
of God. Dan and Sylvia were truly "given to hospitality" 
as Paul -wrote a bishop should be. Many of us as young 
people remember good times repeated over and over as we 
gathered at the home of this dear couple. As evidence 
of their vision and concern for young people, Dan began 
our regular Bible study in 1958. 

Lacking a family of their own, "Uncle Dan and Aunt 
Sylvia" generously extended their help to each new 
baby in. the brotherhood and to the Old Brethren Christ- 
ian Schools. 

As in house building, spiritual building doesn't 
always seem to go fast. The results of a day ! s efforts 
do not always show to those around. Possibly only the 
glories and realities of Heaven will reveal the true 
results of the labors of some of those who have now 
passed on. 

We thank God for this respected church leader and 
his consistency of temperament and testimony. Their 
'nearly perfect record of church attendance was an 
example to all; Brother Dan and. Sister Sylvia were . 
virtually always in their places. The Old Brethren 
Church— just a tiny portion of God r s Kingdom on earth— 
'has lost a valuable servant. May we rememteer the 
things of God which he taught and stood for. May we 
also fill our places in Christ *s Kingdom and be watch- 
ing and praying till He comes again. "Even so, come, 
.Lord Jesus." . — L.C. ' 

When the last feeble step has been taken 
And the gates of that city appear 
. And. the beautiful songs of the angels 

Float out on my listening ear. 

When all that now seems so mysterious 
Will be bright and as clear as the day, 
Then the toils of the road will seem nothing, 
When I get to the end of the way, 



"And this is the record, that God hath given to us 
eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that 
hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son 
of God hath not life." (I John 5:11-12). 

What beautiful words are recorded here for the one 
who has the Son, for he has life dwelling within, in 
fact, eternal life, for Jesus is eternal. 

A while back I was visiting in a Christian home, 
and the parents shared with me how their son, although 
a member of a church body, had gone through deep de- 
pression, not even caring to live. But after counsel- 
ing with a group of believers who tried to help people 
in this condition, had come out of his depression and 
had found a real purpose for life and a joy and peace 
and a longing to share with others of life in Christ. 
Also, the parents 1 faith was stimulated.. On the wall 
in this home was a writing that I would like to share: 
Phil. 1:21: "For to me to live is Christ..." 
Col. 3:4: "When Christ, who is our life, shall 
appear ..." 

Gal. 2:20: "I am crucified with Christ: neverthe- 
less I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me..." 

My Strength— Ps. 27:1— "...The Lord is the strength 
of my life..." 

My Wisdom I Cor. 1:30: "But of him are 

My Sanctification ye in Christ Jesus, who is 
My Redemption made unto us wisdom, and 

righteousness, and sanctifica- 
tion, and redemption." 
My Righteousness— II Cor. 5:21— ".. .That we might 
be made the righteousness of God in Him." 
My Spiritual Fullness— Col. 2:9-10— "For in him 
dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. 
And ye are complete in him..." 

My Victory— I Cor. 15:57— " But thanks be to God, 
which giveth us the Victory through our Lord Jesus 

Christ." (also Col, 2:15) 

My Joy— John 15:11 — "These things have I spoken unto 
.you, that my joy might "remain in you, and that your 
joy might be full," . 

My Hope— Col. 1:27—". . .Which is Christ in you , the 
hope of glory." 
.My Peace — John 16:33 — "...that in me ye might have 
peace..." Eph. 2:14 — "For he is our peace..." 
My Goodness "Bat the fruit of the 

My Kindness Spirit is love, joy, 

My Patience Gal. 5:22,23^peace, longsuffering, 
My" Faithfulness gentleness, goodness, 

My Self Control faith, Meekness, temp- 

My Gentleness. erance: against such 

there is no law." (or Christ within) 
My Source of Forgiveness — Luke 23:34 — "Then said 
Jesus, Father forgive them. . ." 
My Freedom— Col. 2:16-1? — "Let no man therefore 
judge you in meat or" in drink, or in respect of an 
holy day. . . " 

My Rest — Mt. 11:28, Heb. 4:10 — "Come unto me -and I 
will give you rest For he that is entered into his 

My Source of Love — John 17:26 — That the -love where 
with thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in 

My Spiritual Mind — I Cor. 2:16 — But we have the mind 
of Christ." 

My Access to God — John 14:6 — I am the way, the truth, 
and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by 

The' theme of this writing is to show that we are not 
sufficient Jof ourselves to walk the Christian life. 
Without the -power of the Holy Ghost (or Christ within) 
we are powerless. Beloved, we have need of earnest 
prayer. Whose love is it with which we love? Does it 
come from within our own hearts? No I Nol It is the 
love of God shed abroad in the heart by the Holy Ghost 
(Rom. 5: 5)" According as God hath dealt to every man the 
measure of faith. 11 (Rom. 12:3) 


It has been -said ,. "It seems 'my. life is a failure; 
I am tempted 1 to give up* I have- about lost confidence 
inmyself." Well, praise the Lord! If we- poor frail 
humans would. lose confidence in ourselves entirely, 
and put all our trust and faith in the one who gives 
life and power, we would have a different. story to 
tell. There's victory- in Jesus. "For whosoever is 
born of God overcometh the world: and this is .the 
victory that overcometh the world, even our faith." 
(I John 5:4) 

Then we can boast as David did in the Lord: "My soul 
shall make her boast in the Lord*" (Ps. 34:2) "Then, 
said they unto him, What shall we. do that we might 
work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto 
them, this is the work of God, that ye believe on' him 
whom he hath, sent." (John 6:28-29) "I am the vine, ye 
are the branches: He that abide th in me, and I in 
him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without 
me ye can do nothing." (John 15 ?5) 

Without that life within, mankind fills his empty 
mind with most anything to satisfy himself, but that 
life in Christ is satisfying, and the things of this 
world look strangely dim-. I've never forgotten a re- 
mark I heard preached which was; "A spiritual man, 
when- hearing of Jesus Christ and His word spoken of, 
comes alive, and a carnal man when hearing spiritual 
things goes dead, showing where the heart is." 

It seems, there are so many different beliefs and 
understnading's of God's word in today's world, that 
many people feel confused and say, "What's the use, 
how can I sort all these understandings out? But, 
Praise the Lord I we den ! t\ have to. "-But the Comforter, 
which is the Holy Qhost^ whom the Father will send. in 
my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all 
things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said 
unto you." (John 14:26) "But the anointing which ye 
have received of hjjn abidethin you, and ye need not 
that any ^man teach you: .but as the same anointing 
teacheth you of all. things, and is. truth, and is. no- 
lie, and even as it, hath taught you, ye shall abide 


in him." (I John 2:27) Yes, there are many beliefs and 
understandings of God's word, but there 1 s more to ; 
Christianity than just to believe something* There's 
real life in Christ, a real satisfaction, a; real pe&ce 
that is' full a love that reaches out to all mankind. 
But the Lord -knows our hearts, He knows our sincerity 
and where- our affection is. He wants communion with us. 
And when we give Him our hearts and affection and are 
faithful to Him (which includes being faithful to His 
word), He will teach us, and guide us into all truth. 

"In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus 
stood and cried, saying. If any man thirst, let him 
come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as 
the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow 
rivers of living waters. 

- "But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that 
believe on him should receive..." (John 7:37-39) In 
I Cor. 7: 32-35 y Paul is warning the married hoxv they 
care for the things that are of the world, ho\tf they may 
please their companion, and then says, "And this. I 
speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a. snare 
upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye 
may attend upon the Lord without distraction." This 
Scripture seems to indicate a close walk with' the Lord. 

Here is a writing by Irving D. Larson, which I- 
would like to share: 

"Phillip Brooks told of a time when he had been 
pressing the claims of Christ upon a certain man whose 
response to him' was: I have neither time nor room in 
my life for Christ. My life is" too full now. lou s 
don't know how hard I work from morning: till night. . 
You don't know all the things that demand my time and 
energies now. When»would I have time or room, for Christ 
in such a life as mine? In commenting about this, Mr. 
Brooks said, It is as if the engine had said it 
room for the steam. It is as- if the tree had said It 
had no room for the sap. It is like the ocean saying 
it had no room for the tide. It Is a man saying that 
he has no room for his soul. How true were his words! 
Aftrfer- all, what is life? Life, all life, corner from 


God, and is centered in Jesus Christ. Peter refers to 
Christen his epistle as the Prince of Lif e. ^ Christ 
is the author of all,, life , arid thus the secret of true 
life. -How absurd it is for. anyone to;say,-"Ky life is 
so- full that I have no room for life. 1 *' "Yet this- is 
"actually what .they are saying when they have no room 
for Christ, for He is the very essence of life. 
Christianity is not something that is added. to life; 
.it is life itself. Thank God that yoti have learned 
the secret of life, in the Author of life, Jesus Christ." 

"And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and 
Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto' 
him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of 
life freely." (Rev. 21:6) 

May we be. broken vessels, and feel our need of that 
life within, that the Potter can mold us, and use us 
for His glory. In Christian Love, 

Kenneth Garber 
Twain Harte, California 



Tears seem to be a natural body function to relieve 
stress from any emotion that deeply affects us. There 
may be tears- of sorrow, joy^ self-pity, pain, sympathy, 
victory, and many too. numerous to mention. Of course, 
this function can become weakened like any other part 
of our bodies. The shortest verse, St. John 11;35>* 
says, "Jesus wept," showing His great love arid com^- 
passioti for us, even though. He knew it was all for 
good and to glorify God. — Ernest Wagner 

Modesto, California 


The California fall Love feast meeting 'is- -appointed 
for November 2 .& 3 at the Salida Meeting house-. All 
are welcome to come and worship with us." 

— Joseph L« Cover 

,10 _ ags _. vumM. „ — 


As we ^ read about Abraham and his faithfulness to God, 
we think, he must have had a Godly home to grow up in. 
In studying: mo re. about his life, I find that Terah, 
Abraham's, father did not know God, I can find nothing 
about his mother. Lot 1 s father Haran was Terah 's 

The. Bible says Terah took Abram, Lot, and Sarai ^ 
Abram* s wife, and went from Ur of the Chaldees, to go 
to the land of Canaan. They came to Haran, their first 
stopping place, and dwelt there. . Haran was 600- miles 
norhtwest of Ur of. the Chaldees, 400 miles northeast 
of Cardan.' It was at Haran that Terah died at 205 
years old. 

When Abram was 75 years old, the Lord told him to 
get out .of this country, and leave his kindred and 
his father's house y and go to a land that He would 
show him.* Genesis 12:2: "And I will make of thee a 
great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name 
great; .and thou shalt be a. blessing." Abram, Sarai, 
and Lot departed as the Lord had said, - As they passed 
through Canaan, they came to Sichem. This was the 
first place Abram visited in Palestine. The Lord ap- 
peared uhto Abram, and said, "Unto thy seed will I 
give this land." From Sichem, they went to Bethel; from 
Bethel they traveled south. As they were going south, 
there was* a great famine in -the land.- As they entered 
Egypt,: Abram said to Sarai, "The Egyptians will look 
at you, for you are fair to look at, and will say you 
are my wife. They will kill' me, : and save you. Tell 
Pharoah you are my sister, and I will -live." The 
princes of Pharoah saw Sarai and commended her to 
Pharoah, and she was taken to him* Abram was entreated 
well for her sake. Because Sarai was Abram 1 s wife, the 
Lord plagued Pharoah and his house. 

Abram, Sarai, Lot and all their possessions left 
Eaypt, "and returned back to Bethel, where Abram had, 
built an altar. There again he called upon the name 
of the Lord. Abram and Lot both had flocks and herds, 
enough that, "the land was not able to bear them, that 


they might dwell together. 11 They both had herdsmen 
to look after their stock, and,, like today, where there 
are people, there will be problems. There was strife 
between the herdsmen. Genesis 13:8: "And Abram said 
unto Lot, Let there be no strife, 1 pray thee , between 
me and thee, and between my herdmen, and thy herdmen; 
for we be brethren." Abram told Lot, "Is not the 
w-~ole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, 
from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will 
go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, 
then I will go -to the left." Didn ! t Abram have the 
attitude we should all have? God's word says we should 
consider each other over ourself . When we are dealing 
with each other, if we could remember "We are brethren," 
there would be no special council meetings or church 
committees. "Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all 
the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every 
where." Lot chose the place of Jordan and they separ- 
ated themselves* Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan. 
Lot pitched his tent toward Sodom, The Bible says the 
men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the Lord 
exceedingly. As Lot was looking around to make his 
choice where to dwell, his natural eye, t saw that the 
land was well watered. I am sure things looked prosper- 
ous. It is no fault to live on a good piece of land. 
Where Lot made his mistake was that he pitched his tent 
toward Sodom. I am sure Lot wasn ! t totally ignorant 
of the fact that Sodom was a wicked place. There is 
a saying, that "Birds of like feather flock together." 
We are known by the company we keep. I do not believe 
Lot was a wicked man, but on the other hand, I don't 
know how Godly he was. The thing that Lot failed in 
is he had a good natural eye to pick out a good place 
to dwell as far as the ground, but what about his 
spiritual eye. Too many times we want what we want, 
but fail to see some other things that Satan is tempt- 
ing us with. The Lord told Abram to "arise, walk 
through the land, in the length of it, and the breadth 
of it, for I will give it unto thee, (to be continued) 
— Everett Oyler, New Paris, Indiana 



Sweet rivers of redeeming love 

Lie just before mine eyes; 

Had I the pinions of a dove, 

I'd to those rivers rise; 

I*d rise superior to my pain, 

With joy outstrip the wind, 

And cross bold Jordan's stormy main, 

And leave this world behind, 

While I'm imprisoned here below 
In anguish, pain, and smart, 
Oft-times my troubles I forego, 
While love surrounds my heart; 
In darkest shadow of the night, 
Faith mounts the upper sky; 
I then behold my heart's delight, 
And could rejoice to diel 

I view the monster death, and smile, 

For he has lost his sting, 

And Satan trembles all the while, 

Triumphant I can sing; 

I hold my Saviour in my arms, 

And will not let Him go; 

I'm so delighted with His charms. 

No other good I know, 

A few more days or years at most, 

My troubles will be o'er, 

And I shall join the heavenly host 

On Canaan's peaceful shore. 

My happy soul will drink and feast 

On love's unbounded sea; 

The glorious hope of endless rest 

Is pleasing news to me. 

Author unknown 

. THE P ILGRIM _ 13 


DANIEL F. WOLF, son of John F. and Catherine Alice 
(Teel) Wolf, was" born June. 22 , lj?03, near Quinter, 
Kansas. In 1906, he moved with his parents to Sheridan 
Lake, Colorado; then in 1913, the family moved to 
Modesto, California. 

At the age of 16 years, he received Christian, bap- 
tism and became a member of the Old Brethren Church,.' 
in which he remained faithful until death. 

On November 27, 1926, he was united in marriage to 
Sylvia M. Flora. Their companionship was enjoyed for 
nearly 59 years. 

The first year of their married life was spent -in 
Indiana in the occupation of farming. In 1927,. they 
moved to Rio Oso, California, and were engaged in fruit 
farming. In 1930, they returned to the Modesto area 
where he spent the remainder of his life in farming 
and carpentry. 

In 1930, he was called to the ministry and served 
as presiding elder from 1964 to 1980 in the Salida 
congregation. He was founder and editor of The Pilgrim 
from 1954 until 1963. 

In his failing health, he called for the anointing 
service from which he received much comfort. 

He passed away from this life on October 11, 1985, 
at Doctors Medical Center, Modesto, at. the age of 82 
years, 3 months, and 19 days. 

Dan is survived by his beloved wife, Sylvia, of 
Modesto; three sisters: Esther Johnson and Mary Gripe 
of Modesto, and Martha Parrish of Sonora; and many 
nieces and nephews-. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, four bro- 
thers, and one sister. A life of Christian character 
has been lived, and will live on in the memory of .those 

that knew him. 

Funeral services were held at the West Modesto 
German Baptist Church on October 16, 1985, with the 
home brethren officiating. The congregation sang hymns 
455, 403, and 477 at the church and 456 at the grave 
in Wood Colony Cemetery, Modesto. The jr am ily 



September 15 > we brethren, sisters, and friends of 
Rio Verde, Brazil, rejoiced much when another precious 
soul, Sebastiao Barros, was received into our fellow- 
ship by a public confession of faith in Jesus Christ 
and holy baptism. May he ever be faithful and helpful 
in the Kingdom of our Heavenly Father. 

We again thanked our Heavenly Father and rejoiced 
with the holy angels when two more precious souls 
(a husband and wife), Victor and Neusa de Fatima Alves, 
were received into fellowship September 29 by a public 
confession of faith in Jesus Christ and holy baptism. 
May they be faithful and helpful to their calling of 
the Father in Christ Jesus. 

— Wade Flora 


ALVES - a daughter, Rafaela Paula, born in Rio Verde 
September 3> and adopted September 11 by Victor and 
Fatima Alves of Rio Verde, Brazil. 

ROYER - a daughter, Charlotte Eileen, born September 25 
to David and Elva Royer of Goshen, Indiana. 


James Beery 67445 C.R, 11 

Nappanee, Ind. 46550 

Raymond Wright smart The Village Hamlet Lot 27 

North Manchester, Indiana 46962 
(219) 982-6877 

Alcidia Pereira Maio All c/o Wade Flora 
Lazara da Silva Machada C. P. 130 
Sebastiao Ba;rros Rio Verde 76200 

Victor Nunes Alves Goias, Brazil, S. A. 



Do you like bright pretty colors? Do you enjoy 
delicate beauty?. Do you marvel ?.t the graceful sym- 
metry of nature's countless designs? If you do,, you 
probably love flowers. 

Almost everyone enjoys flowers. Surely they are 
one of God's most precious little nature gifts to 
mankind. On wintery days/ whert the snows are blustering 
'--outside, we look to the '-flowers, on our windows-ill for 
their" "cheerful promise of'-joy. They cost so little. 
T-heir- tiny seeds or cuttings, if we handle them - 
■ properly, s'obn multiply until we have extra ones to 
give away. People who like to work with their. hands, 
people who like to share with others, people who 
appreciate God's creation, all enjoy flowers. 

"Are flowers just Hf or pretty"? Did God design their 
showy petals just to satisfy our hunger for beauty? 
Are they a frivolous "extra" we could well do without? 

. No/ flowers are necessary for supporting life. 
Without flowers there" would be no, seed, no fruit, no 
food for tomorrow* So much of the, we eat depends 
on the flowers to attract the bees or butterflies that 
carry the polleh to help the living germ to grow. 

Flowers are also important in teaching us one of 
the most important lessons of life: that man passes 
quickly away, 'Death in not pleasant. We hate to see 
the beauty of the flower decay to a withering brown. 
But, like the flower, man must die before. he can 
multiply and bear a more glorious -resurrection fruit* 

May each. one of us, like God 1 s fruit fill flowers, 
shine in His pure beauty, and live for Him, our Creator. 

— Stanley K. Brubaker 

"For as soonras: the/ sun rises with, its 
' .burning heat it withers the grass, and Its 
flower falls and the beauty of its design 
dies..." (paraphrased) James l:ll-12a 

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Everyone who is born Is given a will: /that- leads him 
•to eternal -lifer or et,srm\l. death* There are only two 
paths to- take" and.-. we. ouch have a choice of which path 
we will take. . : 

Our wills can be very strong and determined things. 
If that will is controlled by greed and selfishness, 
lust and pride, it is sure .to lead to sin. and misery, 
and finally death. This path;, may. seem fine .and pleas- 
ing to the flesh, but no, true happiness is* found. In 
contrast., a strong will can be of much help and. encour- 
agement and' also upbuilding if it is yielded and sub- 
mitted, to ' the control of God. By submitting our will 
to God we have the wni.derful power source to help us 
on to eternal life. 

One of the .definitions, of will is choice,- Gad has 
given us the choice or the will to choose whichever 
way we want. 

This will that God has given us is a free* "vp.ll, and 
yet, in the end, we will not be forever free unless we 
choose God's will. ; 

We should pray with the Psalmist .David, ."Teach me 
thy will, Lord." Jesus taught ujs to pray, "Not my 
will, but Thine, be done." With God directing our 
wills, we are choosing eternal life. 
3 - - .-Joanna Coning; 

Goshen, : Ind-iana 

. . "Take my will and make it Thine, 
It shall be no longer inihej'- 
Take my heart, it is Thine own, 
It shall be Thy royal throne," 

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VOL, 32 NOVEMBER, 1985 ^0» I 1 

''Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2:ti 


When sun and moon and twinkling stars 

With grateful shining tell 

Of God who hung them in the sky 

Creation's hymn to swell,. " 

Shall I^ living mind and heart, 

In God's own. likeness made, 

Forget to bring my thankful song, 

And leave His love unpaid? e , : 



When birds pour forth their happy praise 

As through the air thy fly, 

And blossoms lift their dewy cups 

To greet the gracious sky: 

When nature's voices. everywhere 

Up to their Maker come, 

Shall I, with greater gifts than ally 

Before His throne be dumb? . 

God, whose grandeur fills the worlds, 

My foolish thoughts oft stray from Thee, 

My deepest soul -awake \ 

Utter thine anthems day and night 

To Him, our King adored; 

Rival the angels in their strain^, 

In chanting "Praise the Lord." 

Mrs. Adaline -H,. Beery 

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True thanksgiving comes from a submissive heart 
timed to God T s will. Americans seem to have the mis- 
taken idea that we can and should give thanks only 
when there is "something to be thankful for." Give 
thanks for the blessings, the prosperity, the. freedom. 
Give thanks for healing, for rescues, for deliverance. 
But the biblical conditions for thanksgiving are not 
so limited, for the. apostle writes, "In everything give 
thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus 
concerning you." (I Thess.. 5:18) 

Of course, we might back off and conclude (like some 
would say about Paul's instructions to the Corinthians) 
that this statement was only for the ThessaloniansI 
But we believe it is for us, and may we here consider 
a few thoughts and examples showing that truly men of 
past ages have given thanks in adverse conditions as 
well as in prosperous ones. 

In Acts 5, it tells that the apostles (likely all 
twelve) were arrested for their preaching and working 
of miracles among the people of Jerusalem. They were 
put in prison, tried, beaten, and ordered to quit 
speaking in the name of Jesus. It looked like a real 
setback for the gospel and the new church, and likely 
it xtfould have been but for the Holy Spirit's work of 
grace and faith in the hearts of these men. Did they 
quit? Did they go into hiding? Did they complain and 
nurse their wounds or even get angry? No, they re- 
joiced "that they were counted worthy to suffer shame 
for his name. And daily in the temple, and in every 
house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ." 

This is the reaction of Spirit-filled men in the 
face of opposition and persecution for the faith. 
Paul and Silas in Philippi with their clothes torn off, 
their feet fast in the stocks, their backs sore from 
"many stripes," thrust into the inner prison still 


sang praises to God. 

Daniel > Joseph, and Nehemiah all continued to praise 
God even in captivity in heathen, foreign lands. 

Perhaps the most surprising instance of thanksgiving 
in adversity is Jonah in .the whale, Jonah does not 
appear as the most lovable or pleasing man of history. 
His unwillingness and later discouragement are appar- 
ent in his book. But from the belly of the whale (or 
great fish) with weeds wrapped about his head and the 
depth closed round about him, he gave these words to 
God: "But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice 
of thanksgiving..." Why? Did he realize he: was only 
receiving from God his just punishment? Did he thank 
God for the whale 's rescuing him from drowning? Or 
did he perhaps in a flash of revelation realize that 
God was with him and whether he lived or died he was 

The stripes or punishment that God allows do not 
necessarily show His disfavor. See Job ! s experience. 
Did it mean that God had deserted him just because 
Job didn't understand? 

When my brother and I were young we decided to set 
out across the hills and valleys to try to find a small 
waterfall visable in the distance from our mountain 
home. The first attempt ended in failure because as 
we walked into the valleys we could no longer see' our 
goal. For the next attempt we used a compass. We 
took a reading on our destination. Then as we hiked 
through the valleys and brush we would pick out a tree 
or other object on our directional course and head for 
it. By maintaining a consistant direction, we finally 
arrived at the waterfall. 

So with us. Sometimes we go through a valley of 
sorrow or trouble in which we cannot see our goal. It 
is then we must keep our bearings — keep our eyes on 
God and remember He has promised to be with us in the 
valleys — even in n the valley of the shadow of death" 
Is this occasion for thanksgiving? 

We should be thankful in adversity because of the 
lessons we can learn and that God is with us. The 


apostles praised God, not necessarily for their stripes, 
but "that they were accounted worthy to suffer shame 
for his name." Paul writes in Romans 5* 3-5 "...We 
glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation 
worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experi- 
ence, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed because the 
love of God is shed abroad in. our hearts by the Holy 
Ghost which is given unto us." "He leadeth me, 
blessed thought!" 

It seems that Jonah did better in the whale than he 
did waiting to see what would happen to Nindvah. It 
appears that he actually wanted God to destroy "Minevah. 
These were enemy people who already were beginning to 
war against Israel and would eventually conquer and 
captivate them. But Jonah did not know of God's great 
mercy when people repent. Twice God asked Jonah, 
"Doest thou well to be angry?" And Jonah answered, 
"I do well to be angry, even unto death. " Where is his 
thanksgiving now? But God was patient and continued 
to reason with him. 

How is it with us? Many times we say, "We have so 
much to be thankful for." This is true,' But does 
this "so much" include the lessons we can learn from 
the valleys of discouragement, pain, sorrow, trouble, 
conflict? Sometimes we react with anger when things 
don't go our way. "Doest thou well to be angry?" is 
a good question for us, too. "For the wrath of man 
worketh not the righteousness of God." (James 1:20) 

In this thanksgiving time can we "In everything 
give thanks," knowing this is God's will for us? Can 
we see that if we lost all our possessions, our health, 
our friends, and our freedom we would still be rich if 
we had Jesus as our Saviour? And can we see how poor 
we would be if we lost Jesus and had all the other? 

We are bound to thank God in prosperity* But the 
real thanksgiving is when we thank Him in adversity, 
gladly submitting to His will. 

Paul exclaims at the end of II Corinthinns 9: 
"Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift." This 
gift is Jesus and His atonement for our sins. — L.C. 



The Lord told Abram to "arise , walk through the land, 
in the length of it, and the breadth of it, for I will 
give it unto thee* Then Abram removed his tent, and 
came and dwelt in the place of Mamre. which is in Hebron, 
and built an altar unto the Lord, 1 ' 

In Chapter 1:4. it tells about a battle of four kings 
against five. The kings of Sodom and Gomorrah were in- 
volved also. In the end of the battle, the kings of 
Sodom and Gomorrah fled, and all the people and goods 
were taken including Lot and all his possessions- 
There was one that escaped and told Abram what had hap- 
pened. When Abram heard that Lot was taken captive, 
he armed his trained servants. 318 in all, and pursued 
them unto Dan. Verse 15 — "And he divided himself 
against them, he and his servants, by night, and smote 
them, and pursued them unto Ho bah, which is on the left 
hand of Damascus." Abram brought back Lot and all his 
goods, including the goods and people from Sodom and 
Gomorrah. Again we see Abram had compassion on his 
nephew. Although their herdmen did fuss back and forth, 
we can see that Abram still believed what he told Lot 
earlier, "We are brethren." 

Sarai had a handmaid, an Egyptian. Her name was 
Hagar. Sarai gave Hagar to Abram to be his wife. 
When Sarai realized what she had done, she delt harsh- 
ly with Hagar, and she fled into the wilderness. By a 
fountain, an angel of the Lord found her and asked why 
she was there. She said she fled from her mistress. 
The angel told her to return and submit to Sarai. If 
only we could do this, take this advice, and let the 
Lord deal with us and mold us for His work. Genesis 
16:15: "And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called 
his son's name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael." , Abram was 
86, when Ishmael was born. When Abram was 99> the Lord 
said "Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, 
but thy name shall be called Abraham; for a father of 
many nations have I made thee." Also Sarai ! s name was 
changed to Sarah. 


Chapters 18 and 19 tell us of the destruction of 
Sodom and Gomorrah, One of the most .sad times of all 
for us as parents, is when we realize there is to be 
destruction' in our children 1 s lives if they do not 
change their ways. Lot tried to warn his daughters 
and their husbands. , ."But he seemed as one that mocked 
unto his son-in-laws." I hope we can remember that 
when Lot pitched his tent toward Sodom, he couldn't 
expect to be free from the wickedness of the city. 
There are many ways we can pitch our tent toward Sodom, 
and it doesn't have to be close to a big city. When 
Lot tried to calm the men that were after the three 
strangers, he told them, "I pray you, brethren, do not 
-so wickedly," This tells me that Lot was muchVtoo 
friendly with these wicked men, or how could, he call 
them brethren? 

When Abraham wa,s 100, Sarah gave him a son Isaac, 
:"...And the child grew and was weaned: and Abraham 
made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned:" 
It was at this feast that Sarah saw the son of Hagar, 
the Egyptian, mocking. Sarah told Abraham to "cast 
out this bondwoman, and her son: for the son of this 
bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with 
Isaac. And the thing was very grievious in Abraham 1 s 
sight, because of his son.". God told Abraham to heark- 
en to all that Sarah said, so Abraham took water and 
bread and gave Hagar and her son, and sent them away. 

Now we come to the old familiar story of how God did 
tempt Abraham. "Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, 
whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; 
and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of 
the mountains which I will tell thee of." The word 
says, "Abraham rose up early in the morning" to do 
God's bidding. I probably would have been slow to get 
around hoping something would happen that I couldn't 
go. We know how many times Abraham was told to do a 
certain thing and he did it. That is what we all need 
to do: do what His word says., and not try to reason 
things out to suit us . 

On the third day after Abraham, Isaac, and two 



young men had departed, Abraham saw the place God had 
told hinw. He told the two young men to stay there, and 
that he and Isaac would go and worship and come again 
to them. On the way up the mountain, Isaac asked, his 
father, "Behold the fire and the wood: but where ; is 
the lamb for a .burnt offering?" Abraham answered,- 
"God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering*" 
Abraham built an altar and placed the wood in order 
and bound Isaac and laid him on the wood, I have 
often wondered if there was any conversation while - 
this was taking place . How would we react in & time 
like this? Abraham had his knife raised to slay his 
only son, and an angel said, "Abraham, Abraham." He 
was told not to hurt his son, "...for now I. know that 
thou fearest God, seeing thou has not withheld thy 
son,, thine only son from me." Abraham looked and 
there was a ram caught in. the brush.. 

r How wonderful God r s plan works out if we are 
faithful to Him! As we can see in Abraham's life, we 
are not promised to go through life without heart- 
aches. . ■" ... •. , • _ 

— Everett Oyler 

New Paris, Indiana 


On Sunday," October 27, we rejoiced with the angels 
of heaven when Daniel R. Wagner was taken into church 
fellowship by Christian baptism at Wakarusa, Indiana. 
May he be faithful unto eternal life. 

— Hollis Flora 

We of the Goshen congregation "were made to rejoice 
upon two occasions recently when tv/o precious Souls 
were received into our fellowship "by a public confess- 
ion of faith In Jesus Christ and water baptism: 
Daniel' Beery on October 30, and Samuel Royer on * 
November 10. May they be faithful in the service of 
the Master. 

— Melvin Coning 



.- Gossip is a great enemy of Christianity; the gos- 
siper, a* great friend of the Devil. 

Jesus, in His great love, is constantly striving to 
help the sinner. He is ever waiting to take away his 
sin and free him from his burden* According to His 
promise, He takes away the sin of the sinner, casting 
it into the depths of the sea and remembers his iniq- 
uity no more* Thus the sinner is able to stand justi- 
fied in the sight of God, and to begin anew as though 
he had never sinned. This is the plan of. God; this is 
His way of dealing with every repented sin. 

* The gossiper, however , digs deep into the cauldrons 
of iniquity or dives recklessly into the depths of the 
sea and restores these forgotten sins, He uses the 
elements of -truth found there as the basis of a gross- 
ly exaggerated story through which the sins which 
Jesus remembers no more will be heralded to the com- 
munity. 'The angels weep, the devils laugh, and unfor- 
tunately, humanity listens. Thus, the one in whom the 
image of God has been restored is made to appear, 
through the artifices of the Devil and the gossiper, 
as the most despicable of. men. . Unfortunately, this is 
done all too often by one who also claims to be a 

Gossiping, however, is only one of the many morti- 
fying sins of the gossiper. In presenting the sins of 
others to his fellow man he expresses horror at such 
sin - while at the same time he is engaging in the great 
sin of gossiping.. Thus, he is a hypocrite. Truth is 
seldom spectacular enough to meet the tastes of a 
gossiper and few indeed are his stories which are not 
colored with rumor, suspicions and innuendoes. Thus 
he becomes a bearer of false witness against his neigh- 
bor. Constantly, he is stirring up strife, destroying 
reputations, and fighting against the best interest "of 
God and man. 

The course of the gossiper is never predictable. 
Today he may be telling you a choice bit of gossip; 
tomorrow he may be telling others a choice bit of gos- 


sip about you. Thieves deal in money; murderers in 
life; gossipers in reputation and character. Surely, 
no Christian can afford to associate, with any of these, 
especially the gossiper. 

With the beauties of nature about us in the physical 
world we are reminded of the admonition of the Apostle 
Paul in our spiritual lives , " Finally, brethren, what- 
soever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, 
whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, 
whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of 
good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be 
any praise, think on these things, " Philipians 4:B. 

Let us determine that we will tell only those 
things which are true, kind, and helpful and that we 
will not listen to- any gossip* Selected 


He's greater far, that little child, than you; 
The very child you teach; 1 he teaches you. 
You teach him to be Christlike, but have you 
Forgotten he already is, far more than you? 
You teach him right from wrong, and yet it's he, 
Mot you, whose conscience is more clear and free* 
You teach him trust in God, bit can't you see 
That it is you who -lack trust'more than he? 
For you find doubt and reason in your . way, 
While he in simple faith believes straightway. 
You teach him to forgive, .but. don't you know 
That he forgives in half the time you do? 
And he, when he forgives,- at once forgets; 
But you? You struggle long with grudge and debts. 
You try to teach .him love. You can't. lou cry, 
u My child, you are the teacher, -and hot. I I " 
So learn from him, be like him, you who teach, 
You must, Christ says, if heaven you would reach. 

By Ida Boyer Bontrager 
Selected by Norman Cable 



There is an hour, a certain hour, 
The hour of destiny; ; 
Appointed by Almighty power, 
For all eternity I 

It is Christ's hour, His suffering" hour, 

The hour of sacrifice ; 

To bring God's love into full flower , 

Before His creature's eyes'. 

■ ■ .- " ■ 

There is an hour, a special hour, 
The hour of sin's payment; 
Set to destroy the devil's power, 
Jesus, for this, is .sent t . 

It is Christ's hour, His trying hour, 
The hour of Heaven's gift;- 
To raise Salvation's great high tower, 
The holy Lamb to lift I 

There is an hour, above all" hours, 
The hour that meets man's need; 
A sure Saviour henceforth "is ours, 
The blessed virgin' s seed! 

It is Christ's hour, best of His hours, 
The hour of victory; 

Calvary's blessing comes down in showers, 
Rising in His glory i 

His hour of death, His hour of shame, 
The end of breath for Christ who came; 
His hour of strife, His hour to win, 
Eternal life He buys for men! 

— Hollis Edward Flora 



I'm glad for dirty dishes, 
Though often piled up high; 
Sometimes- it seems they 1 re never done, 
But still I'm thankful— why? 

. ■ 
Because time spent in washing, 

In my too-crowded day; 

Is time well-used to catch my breath, 

And frequently, to pray, 

It's a time for thanking God, 
For praising and for song; 
A reminder of our bounty, 
And that our hands are strong,. 

■ ■ 
The little children love, 
To splash in bubbles blue.; 
Yet, all the while learning 
That they are helpers, too. "^ . , . 

And isn't it a special place, 
For working side by side; ;;i 
Where mothers/ daughters, sisters 
Come to listen^ share, confide? 

I'm thankful for our dishes, 
It's work from God above; 
He uses them to teach us . 

Patience, care and love. 

■ . 

—Susan Harper 

I reckon him a Christian indeed that is neither 
ashamed of the Gospel, nor a shame to it. 

— Matthew Henry 



These three epistles of Paul the Apostle are differ- 
ent in that they are written to individuals rather 
than to churches. They show the love, care, and con- 
cern Paul, had for Timothy and Titus who were evident- 
ly younger men and converts of Paul to the faith of 
Jesus Christ. 


The first letter to Timothy and the one to Titus 
were probably written during Paul's time of freedom 
after he had been in prison and released. He wrote to 
Timothy at Ephesus, hoping to go there in person be- 
fore" long. (3:14) The note at the end of I Timothy, 
says Paul wrote from Laodicea. 

Titus was in Crete setting in order things that' 
were "wanting" and ordaining elders In the various 
churches. Paul wrote to Titus from Nicopolis of 
Macedonia. ' . 

In both these epistles Paul outlines, among other 
things, qualifications for bishops or elders, and to 
Timothy he adds qualities required In deacons. 


The second letter to Timothy was written from 
prison. It Is his last letter of which we have record, 
and contains references to afflictions as a prisoner 
'(1:8), to bonds (2:9), and to his friends 1 forsaking 
h'im (4:10 & 16). This epistle also records Paul's 
statement of victory: "For I am now ready to be 
offered, and the time of my departure is at. hand. I 
have fought a good fight..." (4:6-8) ' 

How precious should these Scriptures be to us! We 
read of Paul's intense devotion to Jesus, by whose 
-grace he was accepted. We also read of Paul f s concern 
for the churches and his fatherly confidence in these 


two young ministers of the Gospel/ His instructions 
to them are priceless guidelines for us today. h*C. 



The following article appeared in the Aprils 188$, 
Vindicator as a selection. \ , v. . -, . - 

Homel "There- is no place like home." Never 'was 
a truer sentence penned by the human .hand. The posses- 
sor of a true home has an element of strength, a sense 
of security, a feeling of personal worth and self- 
respect, a knowledge that in one place at least, he is 
missed when absent and his presence is a necessity to 
its completeness; one place where his successful under- 
takings- and well-doings confer honor; one place where, 
should misfortune or disappointment be his, --sympathy - ■'"■ 
and help await him. The members of the home- sustain - • 
for one another a oneness- of feeling- that neither time': 
nor distance can destroy. 

"You may take the bright shell from its home on the lea, 
But wherever it goes it will sing of the sea; 
Lo take the fond heart from its home and its hearth, 
And 'twill sing of its loved to the end of the earth." 
It matters not how much or how little of "this world's 
goods is contained there , for the essential of home is 
love. We read that the Emperor Conrad refused all, ' 
terms of capitulation to the 'garrison of Winnisbergj - : 
but permitted the women to depart v/ith such : precious 
effects as they themselves could carry. The gates of 
the city were thrown' open; and from the 'homes of • 
wealth and luxury; where were costly jewels and works 
of art so beautiful to behold, as well as from the', 
homes of the lowly, came a long procession of matrons, 
each bearing a husband, a father, or a brother on her 
shoulder , and passed in safety through' the applauding 

From the homes must come the glory or shame of the 

nation... Selected by John Schonwald 





When Jesus sent out His disciples to preachy He 
gave them power to do the same things they saw Him do. 
We would rejoice to see these signs today, But are 
we neglecting to use the sign that is available to us? 
Jesus said; "By this shall all men know that ye. are 
my disciples, if ye have love one to another." Today 
believers are scattered in groups, some holding one 
another at arm ! s length because of traditions and 
minor differences of belief. Remember the second com- 
mandment: "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thy self. M 
Apostle Paul wrote: "...Do good unto all men, espe- 
cially unto them who are of the household of faith." 
(Gal. 6:10) 

When Isaiah spoke of the glorious day of slavation, 
he said, "For ye shall go out with joy, and be led 
forth with peace : the mountains and the hills shall 
break forth before you into singing, and all the trees 
of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the 
thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the 
brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be 
to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that 
shall not be cut off. Ernest Wagner 


Linda L. Frick 254 E. Main St. P.O. Bx 262 

Gettysburg, Ohio 45328 
(513) 447-4925 

"Thus saith the Lord" is found I960 times in the 
Old Testament. It is not found in profane literature. 

When we teach "Thus saith the Lord" in church, home, 
or elsewhere, we are on solid ground. 

— Selected 



Who has never admired the beautiful branch of a 
tree? Who has not hung from one, swung from one., or 
climbed one eagerly? .Who is- there who has never once 
plucked off , a colorful leaf and marveled at the tiny 
intricate designs that I! just grew there" as part of 
the leaf? ,. ' '.. 

We all enjoy the leafy branches, of deciduous trees ♦ 
Even a blind person can enjoy the texture of the bark 
. and twigs,-, and the papery thin -leaves. He can smell 
the fragrance of the wood, the buds, and the flowers, 
and, of - course, can appreciate, the branch's, welcome 
shade on a hot summer day. \. 

. We. have > many reasons to marvel at the common, 
everyday branches of trees. Like most of God's works, 
they have more beauty and strange purposes on the 
inside than we can ever discover just by looking at 
the outer covering. The millions of tiny orderly cells, 
(so many different, kinds of them I ) make up all the 
various parts of the tree. The cells are joined to- 
gether by a master Creator like bricks in a wall, but 
they are so much more than bricks. They live, they 
change, they exchange chemicals continually, that the 
tree might live and grow. And why? To purify the air, 
to store water and valuable minerals, to provide food 
for birds and wildlife and man, to give shade from the 
sun, lumber and firewood for our homes, and, of course, 

for places for children to swing and play. „ 

' Our arms can be like leafy-branches. They cariCre'ach 
out, upward toward God to receive the living xfater and 
the pure light of His presence, and can fulfil, their' ' 
purpose by blessing all who pass by. 

— Stanley K* Brubaker 




It often is at close of day, I need 
: .To. -lay my .burdens, problems, cares 

Before someone I feel at ease to share 

My secret thoughts, my unknown deeds. 
I also feel at dawn of day, the need 

To tell someone how glad I am to be spared 

Another day to live, to try to bear 

My frequent failures caused by thoughtless heed 
To what I feel and know is right and good. 

These two persistent daily voids, I find 

Can have a cure. Praise God, there is a place where 
We each alone can go, a place where would 

We unrestrained pour forth our heart and mind, 
; : We'd feel calm reassurance* Oh, the 'blessedness 

of Prayeri 

— Jolene Huffman 
Dayton, Ohio 


At the heart of the cyclone tearing the sky 
.And flinging the clouds and the towers. by, ■' 
Is. a place of central calm; 
So here in the roar of mortal things, 
I have a place where my spirit sings, 
In the hollow of God's palm. 

By Edwin Markham : 

THE PILGRIM ' Sonora, Calif. 

19201 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, Calif. 95379 


VOL. 32 DECEMBER, 1985 MO-. 12 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2.-77 


Good news from heaven the angels bring, 
Glad tidings to the earth they sing: 
To us this day a Child is given, 
To crown us with the joy of heaven. 

This is the Christ, our God and Lord, 
Who in all need shall aid afford; 
He will Himself our Saviour be, 
From all our sins to set us free. 

All hail, Thou noble Guest, this morn, 
Whose love did not the sinner scorn; 
In my distress Thou c-omest to me; 
What thanks shall I return to Thee? 

Were earth a thousand times as fair, 
Beset with gold and jex^rels rare, 1 
She yet were far too poor to be 
A narrow cradle, Lord, for Thee. 

Ah, dearest Jesus, Holy Child, 
Make Thee a bed, soft, undefiled 
Within my heart, that it may be 
A quiet chamber kept for .Thee. 

Praise God upon His heavenly throne 
Who gave to us His only. Son; 
For this- His hosts, on joyful'wing, 
A blest New Year of mercy sing. 

— Martin Luther 1535 
Translated* by Catherine Winkworth 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
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Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


"God is good I" We had an elderly friend (now gone 
to his reward) who used to repeat this phrase frequent- 
ly. Even though his life had been partly wasted in 
sin and unhappiness, he could declare the goodness of 
God which had brought him to the Saviour, And this 
could well summarize GodVs dealing with man. He is 
always good, though His creatures are not. 

Nowhere was the goodness of God demonstrated more 
completely than when He s;--nt His Son to be the Saviour 
of the world. Promised and prophesied for centuries, 
the fulfillment began to come in the Bethlehem manger 
and climaxed in the cross — the death — and the resur- 
rection of Jesus. 

The- "just and devout" Simeon in the temple at Jeru- 
salem told Joseph and Mary some words that should make 
God ! s goodness personal to each of us: "....Behold, 
this child is set for the fall and rising again of many 
in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against: 
(yea, a sword shall' pierce through thy own soul also,) 
that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed." 
(Luke 2:34, 35) These words were a prophecy that has 
been fulfilled over and over again, and can be real 
in my life and yours. Let us consider the parts of 
this far-reaching pronouncement-. 

"The fall" is recorded and described in Genesis, 
but it is demonstrated in each person. Sin is a fall. 
And it Is stated that "all have sinned," so all have 
fallen. We are very much aware of this. But the fall 
Simeon declares that "this child is set for" is another 
kind. Jesus, in Matthew 21:42-44., described the stone 
which the builders rejected. We know He meant Himself. 
Then he told them, "and whosoever shall fall on this 
stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall 


fall, it will grind him to powder. 11 Here is the oppor- 
tunity to fall on Jesus and plead for His pardon and 
help. It is a voluntary act, whereas the alternate of 
being ground to powder is not, 

Paul was struck down on the Damascus road, but his 
fall on the stone really came when he questioned, "Lord, 
what wilt thou have me to do?" He was broken on that 

In each of our lives there must be a fall or there 
will be no rising again. Satan will do all in his 
power to prevent this "fall." To some, like the rich 
young ruler, he proposes that the step is too great. 
To get rid of riches, to give up our sins, to quit 
our play and indulging, to. enter the strait gate— it 
is just too much to ask. Pride and possessions have 
kept many from the true riches. If we see the value 
of God T s peace and forgiveness and what it cost Jesus 
to bring it, no step we could take would seem too great. 

For others Satan would try to persuade that they 
really do not have the choice — that God will call or 
strike down or compel them in some way. One man 
(probably many) said that when God was "good and ready," 
He would call him. But he didn't seem to realize that 
since he had heard the Gospel and read the Word, there- 
fore he had been called, and the next move was his. 

For still others, Satan argues unworthiness. He 
charges, "You have gone too far. And even If you re- 
pent, you will sin again.. What's the. use?" If we 
listen to this, we fail to see the grace of God and 
His power not only to save but to "keep us from falling." 
Except for those proud and unbelieving, Jesus met no 
one He regarded as hopeless. In fact, He declared that 
"all things are possible to him that believeth." 

Some even refuse to admit the reality of the danger. 
For hours after the Titanic struck the iceberg that 
gouged the fatal hole in her hull, passengers, refused 
to believe the ship was going down, Many procrastinated 
and lost their lives while lifeboats floated safely 
with room for more. So we see no cause for alarm. But 
this world is a stricken ship. It is a doomed planet. 


Read II Peter 3. Now is the time to fall on the rock 
for safety. 

This is no time for pretense. Only honesty about 
ourselves will do. I read about a group of ministers 
who met for counsel and help. They began to tell of 
their great success in their various congregations, 
building programs , finances. But the last one with his 
head bowed declared he must be in the wrong place be- 
cause his congregation was in a mess,, -he had personal 
problems at home, he was considering giving up his 
ministry, and he had come for help. At his. honest con- 
fession, the others also confessed that they too had 
needs and problems too large for them. In the atmos- 
phere of truth thoy could council together, help one 
another, and seek God's guidance. 


To experience the fall is. not all there is, because 
Jesus is also set for "a rising again of many in Israel." 
The lajne man healed by Peter and John "entered with 
them into the temple, walking , and leaping and praising 
God ." When we are set free from sin, we too will shout 
for joy. 

The rising again is the part over which Satan has 
no influence. This is God's part and He is faithful. 
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to 
forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all un- 
righteousness." (I John 1:9) 

As I write, the sun is coming up; the light is in- 
creasing. No man- can prevent it. Another day has 
arrived in which we may work and talk and live. Has 
this day dawned in your heart? Have you fallen on the 
stone and been broken? If you have or if you will, you 
will have a r; ing again. The night of sin and bondage 
must give way to the rising because God, the Creator, 
Jesus, His Son, and His Holy Spirit decreed it. 

As we think of Jesus in the manger, may we pray for 
the rising again of many in Israel. The world in its 
celebration will not promote this work of God. But the 

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Often we hear someone say, "There is nothing for me 
to do." In God's service, there is enough for everyone 
to do; much more than we can do in a lifetime. What 
do x^e want to do? Naaman was told what to do to cleanse 
him of his leprosy, but he wanted to do some great 
thing , so he went away in a rage. We all have this 
same problem to deal with, and that is self. If we 
could get rid of self, this thing of "nothing to do" 
would disappear. In Luke 10 we read of the priest 
that saw the poor man lying half dead along the side 
of the road and passed by on- the other side. I have 
heard him called "Mr. Selfishness." Many times in 
life we, too, are so selfish that, we can only think 
of me. Then came the Levite ; someone called him "Mr. 
Curiosity." When he was at the place, he came and 
looked on him, and passed by on the other side . " 
Again, like "Mr. Curiosity," "we sometimes are so 
curious about a certain thing, and when we are there 
and find out, we just pass by. We need to be like 
the Samaritan who, "as he journeyed, came where he was; 
and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And- went 
to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and 
wine, and- set- him on his own beast, and brought him 
to an inn, and took care of him." There is a multitude 
of ways that we can bind up the wounds of our brethren. 
There are many ways of pouring in the oil of comfort. 
We can also set him on our own beast, give him some 
of our comforts. It won't hurt for us to walk, while 
others ride. Job 29:15, 16: "I was eyes to the 
blind, and feet was I to the lame. I was a father to 
the poor, and the cause which I knew not, I searched 

How can any one say, "There is nothing for me to do"? 
When we study Romans 12:3, it puts us in our place: 
"For I say, through the grace given to me, to every 
man that is among you, not to think of himself more 
highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, 
8'^or«ding as God hath do alt to every man the measure 


of faith," I am human just like you are, and many 
times we think things we shouldn't. Yes, if we are 
honest, we even think too highly of ourselves, some- 
times. To me, the key to this verse is "according as 
God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith ," 
If we stop, and honestly measure our faith to God ! s 
word, how humble we ought to be. There will be no room 
for any big I T s and little you 1 s. Verse 4 and 5: n For 
as we have many members in one body, and all members 
have not the same office: So we, being many, are one 
body in Christ, and every one members of one another." 
In another translation it says, "And each member be- 
longs to all the others*" 

John Wesley traveled two hundred and fifty thousand 
miles on horseback, averaging twenty miles a day for 
■ forty years, preached forty thousand sermons, produced 
four hundred books, knew ten languages. At eighty- 
three- he was annoyed that he could not write for more 
than fifteen hours a day without hurting his eyes, and 
at eighty-six he was ashamed he could not preach more 
than twice a day. He complained in his diary that 
there was an increasing tendency to lie in bed until 
5:30 in the morning I 

Let us then be up and doing 

With a heart for any fate; 
Still achieving, still pursuing, 

Learn to labor and to wait. 

-Everett Oyler 
New Paris, Indiana 


May none challenge the truth expressed in the title. 
Discipleship requires discipline. Without discipline, 
discipleship is impossible. Proverbs 29:15 tells us, 
"The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to 
himself bringeth his mother to shame" (his father also). 
Reproof is important, but the purpose of the rod is to 


reinforce what is said. Look at an undisciplined per- 
son , young, old j or anywhere between, and you will see 
a marred and deformed character, very unlovely to be- 
hold and more unlovely to live with or be around, They 
are self-willed, selfish, self-centered, stubborn, 
rebellious, disobedient, loud, proud, thankless, moody, 
complainers, easily angered, intemperate, lazy, dis- 
honest, foul-mouthed, careless, foolish, unstable, dis- 
contented, and miserable. 

Lack of discipline is the chief factor in today's 
"enlightened" society, and one can readily see the re- 
sults. Detention centers are overflowing with delin- 
quents — juvenile and adult. Juvenile delinquency is 
the result of adult delinquency* With proper, dili- 
gent, God-honoring teaching reinforced with discipline, 
what would ordinarily turn out to be -an unpleasant 
thorn will be transformed into a rose, with all its 
fragrance and beauty — quite a contrast I Is there any 
wonder the subject suggests discipline as the most 
urgent ingredient for character building? This, of 
course, requires wisdom and grace from above. "Except 
the Lord build the house , they labour in vain that 
build it." We must honor His Word and pray for wisdom, 
but the work will not be done by t>rayer alone. This 
is true in the home, in the school, or in the church.. 
When Joshua was praying for Israel (in the experience 
at Ai) God told him to get up — there was work to be 
done, some housecleaning to do (however unpleasant the 
task), for present and future blessing. 

Building character suggests it can not be left to 
chance. Knowing the inherent nature of every child 
regardless of his family tree, there is no question as 
to what course must be followed if there is a failure 
in discipline. We as parents, first of all, have been 
charged by God with the sacred responsibility to in- 
fluence and to mold the thinking of our children. It 
is no accident that children are placed in the custody 
of parents. We can not allow them to grow up and form 
their own conclusions. God has established eternal. 
principles, standards, and values which He expects us 


to live by and implant into the minds of our little 
ones, "I know (Abraham), that he will command (to 
take control of, keep control of) his children and his 
household after him, and they shall keep the way. of 
the Lord." n One that ruleth well his own house, hav- 
ing his children in subjection with all gravity 
(seriousness, soberness) ♦ " This is what God expects 
of Christian parents. 

Who is chiefly responsible? "And, ye fathers , pro- 
voke not your children to wrath: but bring them up 
in the nurture and admonition of the Lord" (Ephesians 
6:4). A twofold work is reo_uested: 

Admonish — "instruct, impart- knowledge, call atten- 
tion to truth and right"; and 
Nurture — "bring up, care for and discipline, caus- 
ing to walk according to knowledge. 

Leave off discipline in character building, and 
instruction loses its effectiveness. Parental love is 
by nature soft and, if not tempered by divine love, 
becomes sentimental and permissive, blinding the parent 
to the child 1 s true condition and needs; as a result, 
both are headed for trouble. Today much is said of 
understanding our children and reasoning with them, 
explaining the motives behind discipline. Certainly 
there is a time and place for this, but if It is neg- 
lected until this is possible, the most impressionable 
years are lost. Before they can walk, talk, or be 
reasoned with, we must begin to teach them emotional 
responsibility. Any clear evidence of self-will, 
rebellion, or anger should be dealt with. It is not 
true that discipline instills temper within a young 
child. The purpose of discipline is to help the child 
cope with it. Of course, the discipline is tempered 
according to the need and age. 

Some of the first lessons of instruction come before 
.verbal understanding is possible. Many parents make 
the mistake of thinking the child must be two, three, 
or four years old before any communication can be made. 
This is false. No must ber plainly understood long be- 


fore they can understand why. The dispositions of the 
old nature are similar to weeds — the longer -they are . 
allowed to grow, the deeper they root and the more 
difficult they are to uproot; if taken care of in the 

I seedling stage , they are much simpler to control for 
both parent and child. When a child is old enough to 

I understand words, negative or positive, make them good; 
the choice Is not theirs whether they will respond. 
Do not ask anything of them you do not want them to do. 
Expect them to do what you ask; and see to it that they 
do it with no back talk or rebellion. Some parents will 
plead, beg, coax, threaten, and shout, and It all 
amounts to so much noise; and the poor child is left 
in the dark. We are not saying we should be harsh 
and demanding, but we must be firm. 

Children are Intelligent beings, and they -soon learn 
what they can get by with. They also learn how to ma- 
neuver the parent or teacher to get their own ends 
accomplished. They are alert. Diversion will not get 
the job done. Example: For a parent to haul a child 
to school personally because of misbehavior in the 
vehicle where he travels with others may be a fovor to 
those in the vehicle, but the greatest disfavor is to 
the child. How can any parent expect to mold character 
•by shielding the child rather than dealing with the is- 
sue? Accuse the driver If you will, or the schoolteach- 
er or the church leaders, or anyone who does not think 
exactly as you, and your child will grow up defying 
authority; do not be surprised if in the end he defies 

We are responsible as parents to lead our children. 
Are we leading them, or are they leading us? We see 
parents giving in to their children and then following 
\ them. They must be taught to respect authority, and 
the most efficient way is to respect it ourselves. 

The rod is rather old-fashioned in our culture, but 
properly applied in love, it has God T s blessing and 
will bring results which nothing else will. The Bible 
says, ? Chasten thy son (or child) while there is hope 
(cl3arl^ indie ting that there cotnes a time when it is 


too late), and let not thy soul spare for his crying 11 
(Proverbs 19:18)- Which is most cruel: , a few stripes 
if necessary to break the will, or a wake of rebellion 
and disobedience throughout life and the possibility 
of ending in the pit? Life will be hard for such a 
willful person; he will think almost everyone is against 
him when the opposite is true. He will be a trouble- 
maker in the home, in the school, and in the church. 
"Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he 
shall give delight unto thy soul" (Proverbs 29:17). 
Is it worth the effort and pain? Surelyl It will 
bring rest and delight to the child as well. The most 
restless child is the one without boundaries, or with 
boundaries that are not enforced. 

There are two extremes in the application of dis- 
cipline — overly harsh, or lenient — and either will fail 
In character building. A fit of anger, blended with 
extreme action, may frighten the child into submission, 
but it will never convince him that the parent is right. 
This is a sure way to lose respect and openness with 
the child. How can such parents properly discipline 
the child if they can not discipline themselves? On 
the other hand, some almost think you should discipline 
with a smile on your face. There is no enjoyment in 
discipline. If you are not displeased with their con- 
duct, what are you disciplining for? The child should 
know full well you are displeased , and that such con- 
duct will not be tolerated. It should not be done in 
anger, but in love. Discipline is not to vent anger or 
revenge, but for correction. 

Effective discipline requires cooperation between 
parents and schoolteachers. They should support each 
other; if one corrects and the other pities, you know 
the results: he child suffers, and so does the home. 
It is important that we be consistent in our discip- 
line — not allowing one thing today and forbidding it 
tomorrow. Confusion results; the child has no firm 
footing on which to stand. "Fathers, provoke not your 
children to wrath. 11 One sure way to do this is to 
make light of or encourage some foolishness today and 


to punish for it tomorrow. This will cause the child 
to lose confidence fast. We must be fair, firm, and 
consistent. It is not fair to knowingly spoil a child 
and then to spank him. It is not fair to scold or 
punish unless we are sure they are guilty. It is not 
fair to make a promise and not fulfill it by way of 
correction or reward. It is not fair to allow them to 
contest the authority of a parent or other responsible 
person. It is not fair — primarily to the child; but 
the parent will suffer as. well. Eli is a good example 
of this. He heard of the evil of his sons and re- 
strained them not. He appears to have been a weak and 
easygoing father, no doubt dealing with a slack hand 
when they were boys — likely giving instructions but 
failing in discipline; and the result was disastrous, 
A man of God came to Eli with a message (j Samuel 2: 
29,30), Eli evidently wanted to stay on good terms 
with his sons, and in ess3nce was siding with them 
against God. He was told that, his two sons would soon 
die, and all his posterity would die in the flower of 
their age (verses 33,34). He still did not act; was it I 
because they were his sons? His failure to remove 
them from office only reflected his earlier neglect. 
Eli did not sense discipline as the most urgent ingre- 
dient for discipleship and character building. Do we? 
Do we side with our children against the school or 
church? If so, we are reflecting the permissive atti- 
tude of Eli, and we will bring upon ourselves a bitter 
harvest. It is Very Important that we see the relation- 
ship between Eli's failure to restrain his sons and 
their not knowing the Lord, though they, were engaged 
in religious activity. Just because your child is a 
member In the church and is engaging in religious 
- ordinances does not guarantee he knows the Lord. The 
child that is not trained in the habit of obedience 
make's very poor material for the kingdom of God, For 
any child who disobeys his parents and gets by with it 
will find it extremely difficult to meekly surrender to 
the lordship of Christ and to the authority He delegates 
to His church. By contrast, those who are well-trained 


from early infancy are being conditioned for surrender 
of their lives to the call of the Gospel. We as parents 
may have ever so good intentions, but if we fail in the 
area of discipline and proper attitudes, we contribute 
to their failure and may make ourselves partakers of 
their sin. This is very serious indeed . 

A well-disciplined child is content, submissive, 
cheerful^ teachable, obedient, truthful, unselfish, 
mannerly, and merciful. There is a prompt, cheerful 
response without a lot of noise. 

As our children grow up and assume more and more 
responsibilities and personal decisions, we as parents 
must be close observers. What choices are they making? 
Where are they going? What are they doing? Who are 
their friends? What are they reading? Where are their 
interests? If in any of these areas there is a catering 
toward the world and the flesh, you as a parent must 
lovingly and yet firmly assert your God-delegated au- 
thority* Wise parents supervise the decisions of their 
growing children and in this way prevent them from go- 
ing the wrong direction, leading others astray and 
marring the witness of the home and church. 

Discipline is not an option; it is God*s method of 
bringing rest to both body and mind of the child and, 
most important, a means of delivering their soul from 
hell, according to Proverbs 23:13, 14. 

With some failures in life, we have another 
opportunity; but this in not so with our children. 
The time is short; as the twig is bent, so the tree 
is inclined. May we as parents and teachers, with 
help from God, incline them toward Him; and that re- 
quires discipline, as distasteful as it may be. 

— B^ John Rudolph from The Christian Contender 
Selected by Herman Royer 

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath 
visited and redeemed his people... 

— Zacharias 



Concerning this epistle we must enquire , I* Into the 
divine authority of it; for this has been questioned by 
some. The divine original of it shines forth with such 
strong and unclouded rays that he who runs may read It 
as an eminent part of the canon of Scripture. Its gen- 
eral reception in the church of God in all ages — these 
are the evidences of its divine authority. II. As to 
the penman of this epistle, We are not so certain; it 
does not bear the name of any in the front of it, as 
the rest of the epistles do, and there has been some 
dispute among the learned to whom they should ascribe 
it. But it is generally assigned to the apostle Paul. 
In the primitive times it was generally ascribed to him. 
III. As to the scope and design of this epistle, it is 
very evident that it was clearly to inform the minds ^ 
and strongly to confirm the judgment,, of the Hebrews in 
the transcendant excellency of the gospel above the law. 
The design of this epistle was to press the believing 
Hebrews to. a constant adherence to the Christian faith , 
and perseverance in it, notwithstanding all the suffer- 
ings they might meet with in so doing. It must be ac- 
knowledged that there are many things in this epistle 
hard to be understood > but the sweetness we shall find 
therein will make us abundant amends for all the pains 
we take to understand it. 

— Introduction to the Book of Hebrews 
Matthew Henry's Commentary page 70S 

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Perhaps you sent a lovely card 

Or sat quietly in a chair; 
Perhaps you talked to God for us; 

If so, we felt the prayer. 

Perhaps you spoke the kindest words 

As any friend could say; 
Perhaps you made a phone call 

To help us through the day. 

Perhaps we felt God's love so strong 

In hearts that truly shared; 
Perhaps it helped to make us strong 

Just knowing that you cared. 

Perhaps we'll be more mindful 

Our neighbor's cross to bear; 
Perhaps we T U be more thoughtful 

To show we truly care. 

Claude and Carol Boone 
New Lebanon, Ohio 


The book of Job gives us .an idea of the vast number 
of thoughts that rise in our hearts when sickness or 
trials come upon us. But it finally brings a blessing 
if we receive correction and instruction. Jesus is our 
great example,, suffering all things to fulfill His 
Father's will and finally praying for His enemies. 
Stephen also reached that perfection, Peter speaks 
of the fiery trial that is to try us. We are told not 
to faint in our mind, 

— Ernest Wagner 

If criticising gives you pain, then do it; if it 
gives you the slightest pleasure, it is better to 
keep still. —Selected 



Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not 
unto thine own understanding. 

In all thy wars acknowledge him, and" he- shall direct 
thy paths. 

Be not wise in thine own eyes; .fear the Lord, and 
depart from evil. (Proverbs 3*5-7) 

An owner of a stagecoach line needed a driver. ■" 
Three men applied for the job and were asked one quest- 
ion: "How close can you drive a stagecoach to' the 
edge of a cliff? The first man answered with confidence, 
"Within an inch or two I" The second said, "probably 
about a foot." The third replied, "I don T t know, I •■■ 
always stay as far away as possible I" The third man 
got the job. 

We, as young Christians, are often confronted with 
a chance to get close, very close to the edge of a 
cliff, a cliff called sin. What are bur reactions in 
these situations? Do we get as close., as possible or 
try to stay far away? Many young people get too 
close... and fall off. Where do you stand? 

The power of sin is strong, but if Christ is your 
personal Saviour, His strength in you will keep you 
from sin's grasp. That strength, is the Holy Spirit 
who "...will guide you into all truth..." Sin is 
all around us; we're not isolated from it, but we can 
be insulated . Praise God I Not until in heaven will 
we be free from the presence of sin. In the meantime 
"Resist the devil, .and he will flee from you. Draw 
nigh to God, and He will draw high to you. "' (James : 

^ : 7j 8 > — Lloyd Wagner 

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 . / ' "'" ' : .../ : ' ? 

thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. This ifI 
revelation will show us to be either careless, fear- 
ful, procrastinating , and unbelieving or rising 
again to new life in Christ Jesus. Truly, r "God is 
goodl" _ L# Cm 



Do you know who created "nothing 11 ? We know that God 
is the Creator of the heavens, the earth, and all non- 
living things, And, yes, all living things, too, for 
God has given the blessing of life upon many of His 
works, But Who created nothing? 

God did. In His great wisdom, He knew it would 
not be good to always have sunlight shining, so He 
designed a state called Darkness — or no .light . He 
saw it would not be best for rocks and mountains to be 
always flowing around, so He made some things with 
no moveme nt, And God designed the condition we call 
death (r;o life ) so that if mankind should choose to 
sin they would not be able to be forever in such an 
unhappy situation. 

When man chose disobedience and death, he was also 
choosing ignorance, for disobedience has no wisdom , and 
weakness, for death has no strength . And he was cRoos- 
i n S no .joy , no hope , no peace — and all the other ".no- 
things" of the life without God. 

But we praise God that He loves us still, And just 
as He provided In the original creation everything we 
could ever need for our life and health and comfort, so 
does He now supply to His people all the light and life 
and wisdom and strength that is in Jesus Christ, 

Even as little children, let's learn the importance 
of God's ways. If we want to "really be something" in 
life, our pride will destroy us, and we will amount to 
nothing* But if we choose God's way of humble obedience, 
He will take our nothingness and make something wonder- 
ful of it, a thing of lasting joy and beauty. 

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